National Theatre Plunged Into Darkness As EKEDC Disconnects Monument Over N12m Debt

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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it has disconnected electricity supply to the National Arts Theatre, Lagos over unpaid N12m debt.

The General Manger, Corporate Communications of EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said on Friday in Lagos that the debt was an accumulation of unpaid bills over time. He said the EKEDC had no option than to disconnect the complex after all appeals to the management to pay the debt proved abortive.

However, the spokesman promised that supply would be restored if the management paid part of the debt.

A senior official of the National Theatre told reporters that the management would pay the bill as soon it received its allocation. He said the management could not pay from of its generated revenue because “the money is paid into the Treasury Single Account as directed by the Federal Government.”

The traders who own shops on the Theatre premises say that many of their customers had stopped coming since the power outage started more than two weeks ago.

“Each of us spends more N1,500 daily to buy iced block to chill drinks. The darkness at the theatre has paralysed our businesses; no customer is willing to eat or take a hot drink,” one of the traders said.

They appealed to the National Theatre management to pay part of the debt so that power supply would be restored to the complex.

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