The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Companies, Mr. Adeoye Fadeyibi, has said the huge outstanding electricity bills of the police, armed forces, other security agencies and Ministries, Departments and Agencies have made it difficult for the company to meet all the demands of customers.
A statement from the company’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, quoted Fadeyibi to have said this during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Imohimi Edgal.
While congratulating Edgal on his appointment as the Lagos State police commissioner, he said the visit was based on the recognition of the important role being played by the police in providing favourable environment for socio-economic activities in the country.
Fadeyibi said Eko Disco considered the police as a major partner in the realisation of its business objectives since no business could thrive under an atmosphere of insecurity.
He appealed to the police commissioner to help fast-track payment of the huge outstanding electricity bills of many police formations within the company’s operational territory in Lagos.
Commenting on the electricity debts owed by the state police command, Edgal was quoted as saying the police was aware of the need to settle its financial obligations to organisations providing services to it but it might not be easy to meet all its financial needs due to paucity of funds.
He said while electricity bills for offices and operational facilities were being paid centrally, policemen and women were being enlightened on the need to pay for electricity supply in their private residences within the barracks.
According to the commissioner, everybody must come to terms with the fact that electricity companies are now owned by private investors that must be supported by all to provide good services and make profit on their investment.
He said leaders and senior officers in the barracks had been mobilising other residents to pay for electricity consumed in the homes.
Edgal said the Security Trust Fund Bill, which was initiated by the Inspector-General of Police and had already passed second reading, was aimed at addressing funding challenges being faced by the police and other security agencies.
He said when the bill was passed and its provisions became operational, there should be enough funds for the police to offset key operational costs such as payment for electrical services by electricity distribution companies.
While pledging the cooperation and assistance of the police to Eko Disco in preventing vandalism and theft of its facilities, the police commissioner said his command would be ready to deploy men as members of a special task force to protect electricity facilities.
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