From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna
The Management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has appealed to community leaders and other stakeholders alike to rise-up against the menace of vandalism of power supply installations which it said is causing untold hardship to its customers and colossal revenue loss to the Company.
The Business Development and Regional Officer of the Rigasa Area Office of the Company, Malam Ibrahim Mohammed made the call in Kaduna yesterday during the customers’ consultative forum held at the Area office.
He disclosed that in the first three months of this year alone, the Company in Rigasa Area office has lost equipment worth millions of naira in about ten incidents of vandalism of power supply assets belonging to the Company, a development he described as “a serious set-back to the company’s effort at providing steady and qualitative power supply to the customers”.
He revealed that some the transformers vandalised during the period included Chawai and Chanchangi sub-stations in Tudun wada, Musabaka sub-station in Kinkinau, Sani Malunfashi sub-station in Kurmin mashi, Zamfara and Kangiwa sub-stations in Rigasa, National eye Centre sub-station in Mahuta village and an armoured cable on Leventis feeder by CBN within the central business area of Yakubu Gowon Way, kaduna.
Malam Ibrahim also charged customers of the Company to ensure prompt and timely settlement of their electricity bills, stating that “it is the only way to guarantee necessary investment in infrastructural development and improvement in service delivery”.
The Village Heads of Unguwan Sunusi, Alhaji Muhammadu and Sabon Garin Tudun-wada, Alhaji Rilwanu Shehu in their separate contributions, commended the Company for the initiative and called for the sustenance of the interactive forum. Alhaji Rilwanu Shehu specifically called on the management of the Disco to supply pre-paid meters to all its customers as a panacea to the frequent altercation and misunderstanding between the Company and its customers over estimated bills.