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KEDCO loses energy equipment worths N1.3billion to vandals in 2021

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
16 December 2021   |   2:49 am
Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has declared over N1.3billion worth of equipment lost to criminal activities of hoodlums across her three franchise states in the last 12 months.

KEDCO. Photo Credit; nigeriaelectricityhub

Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has declared over N1.3billion worth of equipment lost to criminal activities of hoodlums across her three franchise states in the last 12 months.

KEDCO regretted that despite significant improved energy supply, incessant vadalisation and theft on electricity cables, transformer oil, aluminum conductors and other critical facility have hampered efficient discharge of services.

Earlier, KEDCO Managing Director, Dr. Jamil Isiyaku Gwamna reminded of the commitment of the distribution company to deliver efficient service and customer satisfactory relations across Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.

Gwamna made the disclosed yesterday at a special dinner to host media executives, state executives of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and members of the Correspondent Chapel to mark end of year activities held at Bristol Palace hotel.

The KEDCO boss stressed efforts of his management team to reposition and transform attitude of its staff towards taken ownership of responsibility while rendering corporate service.

He solicited mutual working relationship with media outlets in Kano to create sensitise customers on their responsibility to pay energy bills in order to enable KEDCO serve them better.

KEDCO technical manager, Engr. David Omoloye who had raised concern on the threat of vandals added that part of impediments hampering power supply include single line circuit.

Engr. Omoloye advocated need for quick completion of work on 330kv transmission sub-station being undertake by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), to enable adequate transmission.

He declared that despite the impact of the sabotage, the distribution company recorded tremendous service delivery to customers in the outgoing year 2021 which can only be improved with the media campaign.

According to the chief technical officer, an average power supply by KEDCO has increased to 80 per cent from previous 60 per cent with monthly energy consumption per unit hike to 180 million from 150 million.

Also, Chief Customers’ Relations Officer, Abubakar Yusuf expressed satisfaction over significant reduction on incessant complaints on estimate billing system because of improved supply of pre-paid meter.

Abubakar disclosed the over 87,000 pre-paid meters allocated to the company through a combined scheme of Federal Government metering programme and private initiative had since installed across the franchise states.

Apart from meter installation, Abubakar added that 190 customer relations service call centres have established with 10 regional offices to enhance customers Relations. He therefore hinted the target of more than 12 hours daily power supply to customers regardless of service band next year.