The Chairman of Emohua local government area of Rivers State, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, has dragged the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) to a Port Harcourt High Court, for breach of contract.
PHED had, in December 2022, entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emohua local government council for the restoration of electricity supply in communities in the local government area.
Lloyd had instituted a N5 billion suit against the PHED for breach of contract to restore electricity in Emohua local government area, after paying over N24 million, being the council’s part of the funds required for the restoration of electricity in the MoU, for which the firm failed to carry out.
The power company, which had, during the signing of the MoU assured that electricity was going to be restored in the area before the end of 2022, specifically promised to ensure that the people of the area celebrated the 2022 yuletide with uninterrupted power supply.
However, hearing on the matter was stall yesterday following the absence of PHED and it’s lawyers in Court, prompting the presiding judge, Hon. Justice Saka Henry Aprioku, to adjourn the matter till May 30, 2023.
Aprioku ordered the counsel to Lloyd and Emohua local government council to issue hearing notice to the defendant.