40,000 customers of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) were yesterday given free pre-paid meters to be installed in their premises as one of the programm of Transmission Company of
Nigeria,(TCN) assisted by the world Bank.
Speaking during a Community sensitization programme held in Kaduna yesterday, the General Manager of Project Monitoring Unit of TCN, Engineer Joseph Chiroma said, the Pre-paid meters were part of the World Bank projects to ensure that the less privilege in the society enjoy electricity without hassle.
Engr. Chiroma added that 18,000 of the prepaid metres have been installed in Goni-gora while angwan-romi and Makira communities would share the remaining figure.
He warned that the meters are supplied free to customers, thereby called on customers to report anybody who come aboard demanding for any ransom before installation.
“This is two way traffic; we are assisting you as consumers to ensure that you only pay for what you consume, at the same time, helping the distribution company to increase their revenue because gone are the days when people consume electricity without paying while others were been charged for what they did not consume. The prepaid metres will checkmate all these.
“I’m also happy to inform you that we did not bring staff from Abuja or Lagos to install the meters for you, but rather, we pick 198 of your children from your communities and train them and today, they are the ones installing the meters and they will also be here to help in case of any problem. You can see we are also providing employment for unemployed. All we require from you is to pay your bill as at when due. In his remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of KEDC,
Alhaji Idris Mohammed Danlami said, he was elated because he has been telling people about the free distribution of the prepaid meters, which has become a reality today.
Alhaji Idris pleaded with consumers to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring they paid their bills and report any vandalization of PHCN installations in their communities.
A community leader from Angwan-romi, who spoke on behalf of other communities, thanked TCN and World Bank for providing them with free pre-paid meters and promised that they will be maintained and not vandalized.