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THE Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has disconnected the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Yaba, Lagos over unpaid debt of about N200 million electricity consumption.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the university, has resorted to generators to power some part of the school .
It was further gathered that the university has been rationing the supply between the administrative area and staff quarters.
Vice chancellor of the university, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe , reportedly claimed that the university from January 2020 to June 2021 had paid N1.123 billion in electricity tariff.
Ogundipe confirmed the debt ,saying the whopping sum could not be disconnected from the high electricity tariff in the country and estimated billings.
He however said the N1.123bn was paid from the institution’s Internally Generated Revenues on a monthly basis.
He lamented that the bill was draining the purse of the university.
Giving a breakdown of electricity bill paid by the university in the last 17 months, Professor Ogundipe said the “N51 million was paid in January 2020; N50 million in February: N58 million in March and N62 million in April,” of same year.
The amount, he said, dropped to N26 million in May 2020 during the general lock-down due to COVID-19 pandemic and further dropped to N21 million in June, but went up to N24 million in July; N25 million in August and N26 million in September.
“So, in October, when activities started coming up again, we had N56 million bill and it dropped again in November to N29 million before it skyrocketed to N81 million in December when the electricity tariff was increased generally in the country by the power distribution company.
“Since then, [EKEDC] has been bringing huge bill every month; N84 million in January; N79 million in February and it rose to N85 million in March when our students started coming back to hostels; N88 million in April and jumped up to as high as N181 million in May and came down again to N118 million in June,” he said.
“So, in the period covering 17 months, we paid a sum of N1.123 billion on electricity and the amount is just too high for the university to cope with,” Ogundipe stressed, adding that the bills are just too high for the university to maintain.
“Even companies that are making profit cannot find it easy to be coughing up such a huge amount of money for electricity every month”