Electricity Supply To Togo And Benin To Be Disconnected Soon — TCN

The Transmission company of Nigeria has threatened to disconnect electricity within the neighboring countries with Nigeria.The managing Director of the company USman Mohammed revealed that the neighboring countries like Togo and Benin which Electricity are supplied to by the Nigerian government owes over $100million which is the initial amount.

“The MD further explained that when he resumed work as the new MD of the company both countries owe above the stated amount,“part payment was made Benin owes $14million while Niger owe a debt of $2million.He further explained that if they don’t pay up there debt as agreed on paying their electricity supply will be disconnected as soon as possible.

The MD added angrily that “In fact, we will disconnect them as we disconnect people around here.“they new it (Electricity) is not charity; we cannot allow people to consume electricity and leave us like thatHe stated also that electricity supply had been restricted and we are insisting they must pay all debts before reconnection and increase in tarrif …


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