N12M DEBT: PHCN MAY DISCONNECT ABUJA STADIUM

Filed in Sports by on March 23, 2012

N12m debt: PHCN may disconnect Abuja Stadium
…As water board cuts off supply over N80m debt
By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
Friday, March 23, 2012

It will take the intervention of the Federal Government or the Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, to save Package B of the Abuja National Stadium from total blackout as the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) threatened to disconnect the complex if it fails to offset its N12 million debt arrears.

Daily Sunsports learnt that the power company, which has been exercising patience over the settling of its bills for the past months sent threatening letters to the stadium management to affect the payment of its arrears of electricity bills without getting any positive response.

Confirming the development in a chat with Daily Sunsports, a top management staff at the stadium complex, who sought anonymity for the security of his job, commended the magnanimity of the power company, saying that disconnection was overdue.

“All these bills were the major challenges facing us here. For example, PHCN has been threatening to disconnect us for the past three months because of the N12 million debt arrears we owe them. We still enjoy the light because of their generosity.

“I did not even know they would give us this grace period. I can tell you that they will disconnect us any moment from now. The worst thing is that the ministry or commission has no serious arrangement to stop the disconnection. The only option we have now is to continue to plead with PHCN,” he said.

According to Daily Sunsports investigations, the problem of the complex was even beyond the threat of blackout by the PHCN, as Water Board could no longer exercise patience in cutting off water supply to the vicinity.
Equally confirming the situation, our source, disclosed that the FCT Water Board disconnected the complex at the middle of last year following the inability of the stadium management and National Sports Commission (NSC) to offset the accumulated whopping debt of more than N80 million.

“We are getting used to the water supply situation here since Water Board disconnected middle of last year. We are actually owing more than N80 million accumulated debt. It is affecting us adversely because we could no longer effectively treat the water in our swimming pools”, he said.
It has not been easy,” he lamented.

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