THE Ongwediva Town Council has urged those with unpaid municipal accounts to pay up in order to avoid the disconnection of services.
Town spokesperson Jackson Muma said that they will start implementing the town’s Credit Control Policy in full from the 10th of May. The enforcement of policies has been relaxed for a year because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the implementation will commence with the disconnection of municipal services of account defaulters who did not settle their accounts fully or alternatively approached the office for specific arrangements.
Residents owe the Ongwediva Town Council more than N$50 million.
“This action came as a result of the current debtors’ balance rising due to non-payment for services by some residents,” he said.
Muma stated that they have been engaging residents through different platforms, requesting them to pay for the services rendered to them but not all responded positively to these requests.
He stated that the council relaxed the suspension of services rendered to its inhabitants in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
However, Muma explained that the gesture is now compromising the upkeep of municipal infrastructure and its operational expenditures.
Muma urged residents with accounts in arrears to pay for the services rendered to avoid disconnection.
He also expressed the council’s appreciation to clients who had been paying for services diligently despite the COVID-19 pandemic.