By Etuka Sunday
Electricity consumers under the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) yesterday decried the poor performance of the company in the state, adding that less than 3,000 consumers have gotten metres since the Disco took over in November, 2013.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of Kano Electricity Consumer Forum, Mallam Suleiman Bello at the consumers’ consultation on Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) in Kano.
“KEDC metering is very low. It has estimated 300,000 customers, I assure you that they have not metered up to 50,000. Since they took over, they have not disbursed up to 3,000 units,” Bello said.
He also echoed consumers’ voices on the high cost of meter for N20,000 noting that multiple shop owners may not raise the cost in bulk to pay for metering. “There should be a means for instalmental payment where willing consumers could pay half and after installation, pay the rest,” he added.
The consultation which was organised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) was to probe metering progress of Discos especially under the CAPMI following outrages of crazy billings by electricity consumers nationwide.
NERC Commissioner for Market Competitions & Rates, Dr. Eyo Ekpo said those who paid for meters will enjoy an 11percent interest rate while they will have a rebate from the Fixed Charge till the money is cleared.
MD of Kano Disco, Jamil Gwamna said it is planning to meter it’s customers within two years while it is working on embedded power generation to improve supply in its service area.
A customer, Engr. Maude Ado who decried the Disco’s negligence of CAPMI said “It has not even started the CAPMI when sister Discos like Kaduna has 8,000 installed meters already.”
Meanwhile, the Disco staff, Ismail Aliyu accused NERC of not allowing Discos to select meter vendors saying it does not guarantee competition for reduced meter pricing.
NERC Commissioner for Government & Consumer Affairs, Dr Abba Ibrahim said the Commission does not restrict Discos on picking metering contractors, but said meters supplied must meet with the Metering Code standard as endorsed by NERC.