From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Management of Kaduna Electric has appealed to religious leaders (Imans and Pastors), their faithful and the entire citizens in its franchise that places of worship –Mosque and Churches are obligated like other electricity users to pay their electricity bills every month.
The Head of Corporate Communication AbdulAzeez Abdullahi stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to the statement, the clarification becomes necessary in the wake of erroneous impressions being held in some quarters that Mosques/Churches and other faith-based institutions are exempted from paying electricity bills. Lately, this has often resulted in unnecessary bickering and heightening of ethno-religious tension.
“This erroneous position being held by some people is far from the position of the law and reality of the situation.
“We wish to make it clear that as a Distribution Company, we have the obligation to remit to the market, the naira equivalent of the energy supplied to us every month.
“Consequently, we urge all faith-based organizations and institutions to ensure that their electricity bills are settled as at when due to avoid disconnection of such supply. This is the only way we can guaranteed sustainability and efficiency in service delivery.
“We also wish appeal to the leadership Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States to educate their followers in this regard in the interest of peaceful and harmonious relationship.
“We wish to assure all our valued customers and other stakeholders alike of our unwavering commitment to service excellence,” the statement said.