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Almost all Govt ministries and institutions fail to pay electricity bills arrears worth $29 million

Almost all Govt ministries and institutions fail to pay electricity bills arrears worth $29 million

EDTL’s Commissioner of Corporate Services, Julio de Jesus Gonçalves/Image EDTL

DILI, 26 november 2023 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste’s State-Owned Company in Electricity and Energy Sector (EDTL) revealed that almost all government ministries and institutions have not paid electricity bills arrears worth US$29 million since 2006.

In a meeting organized by EDTL with representatives of state ministries and agencies, EDTL authorities shared the fact sheets on electricity bill arrears and urged immediate payment.

“Today, we shared with them about how much electricity bills each ministry and agency has to pay. Almost all of them have not paid their bills since 2006,” said EDTL’s Commissioner of Corporate Services, Julio de Jesus Gonçalves, at Delta Nova Hall, in Dili, on friday.

He acknowledged that some ministries and agencies have not been able to pay their electricity bills due to lack of budget: “However, they have to pay and we will continue to send notification letters to remind them to make payments.”

The President Authority of Aileu Municipality, Abel da Conceição, said that he had always requested the money to pay the bills during the State Budget review, but it had always been canceled by the central government.

“We always present our proposal for the payment of the bills at each annual revision of the State Budget, but it is always canceled,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President Authority of Manufahi Municipality, Arantes Isaac said that Manufahi will pay its overdue electricity bills next year: “At the time of the State Budget Review, the central government had approved our proposal of US$10,000 for the payment of the bill.”

Arrear Amount in Electricity Bill:

No

Ministries/Institutions

Overdue Utility Bills (US$)

1

Ministry of Finance

US$ 606,277.62

2

Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion

US$ 255,842.97

3

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

US$ 511,935.79

4

Ministry of Public Works

US$ 386,738.00

5

Public Prosecutors

US$ 131,924.20

6

Ombudsman for Human Rights and Justice

US$ 68,775.36

7

Secretary of State for Equality

US$ 28,926.00

8

Secretary of State for Veterans

US$ 75,429.68

9

Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment

US$ 28,381.08

10

Ministry of Interior

US$ 194,143.62

11

F-FDTL

US$ 1,076,106.88

12

Ministry of Justice

US$ 1,046,002.29

13

Ministry of Trade and Industry

US$ 1,648,632.52

14

BTL, E.P

US$ 6,065,466.65

15

National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL)

US$ 1,651,745.24

16

Minister of State Administration

US$ 693,640.88

17

SAMES

US$ 262,481.24

18

Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment

US$ 401,495.60

19

Minister of Agriculture

US$ 366,324.00

20

PNTL (Special Police Unit)

US$ 1,426,828.86

21

Dili Municipality

US$ 397,553.92

22

Ministry of Health

US$ 1,734,272.62

23

Government Palace

US$ 1,509,720.00

24

Institute of Equipment Management (IGE)

US$ 124,937.28

25

Public Service Commission

US$ –

26

National Center for Professional Training and Employment

US$ 188,419.40

27

Ministry of Transportation and Communications

US$ 4,021,400.78

28

Ministry of Education

US$ 676,478.96

29

Centro Nacional Chega!

US$ 39,814.20

30

Secretary of State for Youth and Sports (No longer exist)

US$ 57,450.52

31

National Elections Commission

US$ 283,929.60

32

Court of Appeal

US$ 80,815.88

33

Anti-Corruption Comission

US$ 11,756.40

34

Centro Incobadora Industria Artezenato

US$ 3,760.08

35

Dili District Court

US$ 25,038.00

36

Palacio Nobre Lahane

US$ 21,859.20

37

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

US$ 6,625.80

38

CPLP Office

US$ 10,032.00

39

Aileu Muinicipality

US$ 197,855.94

40

Ainaro Municipality

US$ 207,777.85

41

Baucau Municipality

US$ 360,384.24

42

Bobonaro Municipality

US$ 572,909.34

43

Covalima Municipality

US$ 743,999.00

44

Ermera Municipality

US$ 149,181.52

45

Lautem Municipality

US$ 516,583.35

46

Liquiça Municipality

US$ 133,557.36

47

Manatuto Municipality

US$ 59,071.00

48

Manufahi Municipality

US$ 170,151.22

49

Viqueque Municipality

US$ 359,140.68

TOTAL

US$ 29,591,574.62

 

Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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