NamPower sets Gibeon deadline

NamPower sets Gibeon deadline

NAMPOWER has warned the southern village of Gibeon that its power supply would be cut on Monday if it failed to settle its bills with the bulk electricity supplier.

According to a reliable source close to NamPower, the Village Council was yesterday notified to pay part of its outstanding NamPower bill by tomorrow or face another power cut. The Namibian has been reliably informed that the Village Council owes NamPower N$272 000.Two months ago, Gibeon residents were plunged into darkness for about three weeks after NamPower pulled the plug on the village over non-payment.Yesterday, the Council’s Acting Village Secretary, Amandla Isaaks, told The Namibian that the Council would not be able to pay the power bill.”Workers’ salaries, supposed to be paid last week, have not even been paid as we speak,” she said.The Village Council spends N$70 000 a month on salaries.However, Village Councillor Samuel Karigub yesterday said the Council would be able to honour its agreement with NamPower before the deadline.”Despite the fact that the Council depends on revenue collection from residents, we will try our utmost best to avert the possible power cut,” he said.Karigub blamed the non-payment of salaries on administrative problems.The Namibian has been reliably informed that the Village Council owes NamPower N$272 000.Two months ago, Gibeon residents were plunged into darkness for about three weeks after NamPower pulled the plug on the village over non-payment.Yesterday, the Council’s Acting Village Secretary, Amandla Isaaks, told The Namibian that the Council would not be able to pay the power bill.”Workers’ salaries, supposed to be paid last week, have not even been paid as we speak,” she said.The Village Council spends N$70 000 a month on salaries.However, Village Councillor Samuel Karigub yesterday said the Council would be able to honour its agreement with NamPower before the deadline.”Despite the fact that the Council depends on revenue collection from residents, we will try our utmost best to avert the possible power cut,” he said.Karigub blamed the non-payment of salaries on administrative problems.

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