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Blackout in UNILAG over upaid electricity bill

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INSIDEMAINLAND – The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Yaba, Lagos has been thrown into a total blackout over an unpaid debt of about N200m the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) billed the university for electricity consumption.

Authorities of the university while reacting to the latest development, said the institution has dutifully never failed to settle its electricity bill on a monthly basis, adding that it has paid up to June 2021.

According to the authorities, the institution has now resorted to generators to power some areas, rationing the supply between the administrative area and staff quarters.

The UNILAG authorities said the university has paid a total of N1.123 billion in electricity tariff to EKEDC in the last 17 months from January last year.

Speaking in an interview, the UNILAG spokesperson, Mrs. Nonye Oguama, lamented that the electricity bill being served each month by the EKEDC on the university keeps rising each day.

Oguama said the university could not just cope with meeting up with the exorbitant monthly bill because of its other financial obligations as a social service and not a commercial purpose institution.

Also speaking, UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the university has paid N1.123 billion in electricity tariff from January 2020 to June 2021.

Ogundipe added that the whopping sum, which could not be disconnected from the high electricity tariff in the country and estimated billings, was paid from the institution’s internally generated revenues on a monthly basis.

The UNILAG VC further lamented that the payment was draining the purse of the university.

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