SA restores electricity to Nigeria consulate over bill arrears
South Africa has restored electricity to the Nigerian consulate in Cape Town following a dispute over unpaid bills. The Nigerian Consulate had its power disconnected last week after the South African electricity distributor Eskom threatened to cut off power if the bill was not paid. The dispute had been going on for months, with both sides unable to agree on an acceptable payment plan. The restoration of power will come as a relief to both parties, as it resolves the long-running issue and allows the consulate to continue its operations without interruption. In this blog post, we will discuss how this situation was resolved, what it means for both Nigeria and South Africa, and how similar conflicts can be avoided in the future.
Nigeria consulate in SA has electricity restored after paying bill arrears
The Nigerian consulate in South Africa has had its electricity restored after paying its outstanding bill.
The move comes after the consulate was plunged into darkness last week when its power was cut off for non-payment.
The situation caused a major diplomatic incident, with the Nigerian government accusing the South African authorities of “inhumane” treatment.
However, the electricity company said it had no choice but to disconnect the power supply as the consulate owed it more than $20,000.
After intense negotiations, the two sides have now reached an agreement and the power has been restored.
It is not clear how much money was paid by the Nigerian government to settle the bill, but it is thought to be a significant amount.
SA threatened to cut off power if bill wasn’t paid
The Nigerian consulate in South Africa has had its electricity restored after it was cut off for failing to pay its bill.
The South African utility company, Eskom, had threatened to cut off power to the consulate if the outstanding amount was not paid.
The consulate has now made arrangements to pay the outstanding amount and the power has been restored.
Nigeria says it will pay the outstanding amount
Nigeria has said that it will pay the outstanding amount of the bill owed to South Africa for the electricity consumed at its consulate in Johannesburg.
The news was confirmed by the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Mr. Uche Nwachukwu, who said that his country was committed to paying its debts.
The outstanding amount is believed to be around R20 million (US$1.4 million).
This comes after the South African government restored electricity to the consulate on Monday, following a week-long blackout.
The move had caused uproar in Nigeria, with many people accusing South Africa of mistreating its citizens.
However, Mr. Nwachukwu praised the South African government for its prompt response in restoring power to the consulate.
SA is owed millions by other African countries
The South African government has restored electricity to the Nigerian consulate in Johannesburg after it was cut off due to unpaid bills.
The move comes after the Nigerian government failed to pay its outstanding debt of R15.6 million (US$1.1 million) to state-owned power utility Eskom.
Eskom had disconnected power to the consulate on Monday, 11 March 2019, but reconnected it on Tuesday, 12 March, after receiving payment from the Nigerian government.
This is not the first time that the Nigerian government has failed to pay its debts to South African service providers. In 2017, the country owed R70 million (US$5 million) to Telkom for unpaid telecommunications services.
This news of South Africa restoring electricity to Nigeria’s consulate in Johannesburg is an important reminder that no matter how strained diplomatic relations between two nations may be, they can still find common ground. It shows that dialogue and negotiation are the best ways to resolve disputes, rather than relying on punitive measures like cutting off power. Hopefully this move by South Africa will help encourage other governments facing similar issues to adopt a more cooperative approach, leading to better relationships and stronger bonds in the international community.