KEDCO Decries Low Supply Of Power From TCN

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The Kano Electricity Distribution Company has attributed the poor power supply being experienced in the state to drop in megawatts received from the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

The Managing Director of the company, Malam Abubakar Yusuf, said this at a news conference on Tuesday in Kano, describing the 180 megawatts as grossly inadequate.

He said that the company has for the last three months been receiving 180 megawatts for distribution to its customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.

“We felt it necessary to address you on the shortage of power supply being experienced in the states so that you can enlighten our customers on the current challenges.

” This is necessary because we are the last in the value chain because we can only distribute what we have. No businessman will deliberately deny his customers goods,” Yusuf said.

According to him, the company requires 600 megawatts for adequate and effective supply to its customers in the three states.

“We need 600 megawatts to adequately serve our customers in the three states, which are our franchise areas,” he said.

Yusuf, therefore, called on customers in the three states to bear with the situation as the problem was not peculiar to Kano, but the country at large.

The managing director of the Kano disco equally said thst the fire outbreak at Dan’agundi transmission station on Sunday had seriously affected the company’s operations.

He said that one of the high-performance capacity transformer in the transmission station was burnt beyond repairs while the other one has to repaired.

On revenue generation, the Managing Director said the company had been experiencing electricity theft which had affected its targeted revenue.

He said that the company intends to solicit the support of religious leaders to sensitise customers to desist from electricity theft through illegal connections, meter bypass among other illegal acts.

“We received N14 billion invoices monthly, but the collection is 25 per cent or N3.5 billion which is far below what we are expected to collect as revenue due to refusal of our customers to pay their electricity bills.

” So, we believe by the time our religious leaders preach in their sermons how Islam and Christianity forbid electricity theft, it will go a long way in checking the illegal acts. (NAN)


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