Varsities face disconnection amidst rising power value

Nigerian universities are at the moment experiencing unprecedented crises owing to the rising value of electrical energy within the nation.

Some of the establishments have been disconnected from the nationwide grid owing to hundreds of thousands of unpaid electrical energy payments to DISCOS whereas others who’re nonetheless linked are at the moment grappling with big quantities of money owed operating into hundreds of thousands of naira.

The PUNCH stories that the Federal Government of Nigeria by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission ordered the rapid upward evaluate of electrical energy tariffs from Wednesday, 3 April.

Band A clients are provided a mean day by day electrical energy provide of 20 hours, though many complain they don’t rise up to that.

NERC had in January stated the Nigerian authorities would pay as a lot as N1.6 trillion to subsidise electrical energy within the 12 months 2024.

Unveiling a brand new electrical energy tariff plan payable by electrical energy shoppers within the nation on the time, the Chairperson of the NERC, Sanusi Garba, stated the order states acceptable tariffs that customers ought to pay for traders to get better their working prices.

Universities gasp for breath below rising power prices

The College of Medicine, University of Lagos is at the moment lamenting its migration to Band A which has elevated power prices.

A round by the establishment which was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja famous that the faculty’s energy provide has been minimize off.

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“This is to tell members of workers and college students of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in regards to the receipt of a humongous invoice and unsolicited migration of the College to Band A by Eko Electric Distribution Company (EKEDC) amounting to N252,631,305.52K (Two hundred and fifty-two million, 600 and thirty-one thousand, 300 and 5 naira and fifty-two kobo solely) VAT inclusive being electrical invoice for June 2024.

“Management registered its displeasure by conveying an emergency meeting with the EKEDC Team to have a round table discussion and request for an immediate migration to Band B. Unfortunately, after making substantial payment, a disconnection notice was sent and we were cut off from the power supply on Friday, 25th June 2024,” the round learn.

Similarly, the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kano State, has been thrown into darkness, following the disconnection of the establishment’s energy provide by the Kano Electricity Distribution Company.

KEDCO disconnected the college a few week in the past over its incapacity to settle its excellent accrued invoice of over N248 million, a state of affairs that has at the moment paralysed the establishment’s tutorial programmes.

Narrating the upper establishment’s ordeal to newsmen on Monday, the Dean of Students’ Affairs of the college, Prof. Abdulkadir Dambazau, stated efforts to persuade KEDCO to reconnect the establishment again to the nationwide grid fell on deaf ears, as the corporate insisted on the settlement of the whole invoice.

Such efforts, Dambazau stated, included the fee of N20 million, which, based on him, was the college’s enhanced month-to-month subvention from the state authorities.

Similarly, the Jos Electricity Distribution Company disconnected the University of Jos from the nationwide grid over money owed amounting to N126M.

Also, the rapid previous Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami in an interview with one in every of our correspondents over the weekend famous that the college’s electrical energy was disconnected over N300M unpaid electrical energy debt.

Salami, who doubles because the Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, additionally revealed that the brand new price introduced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission escalated UNIBEN’s month-to-month electrical energy invoice from N80m to N280m.



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