Many factories, schools and homes would be plunged into darkness as the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) announces plans to commence mass disconnection of electricity across its coverage areas of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states over huge debt by consumers.
Ibrahim Sani-Shawai, Head of KEDCO’s corporate communication unit, disclosed this in a statement issued on Thursday in Kano and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria.
“Those owing KEDCO cut across major fields of organisations like schools, companies and other media outlets, particularly, but not limited to, print media houses.
“This came up sequel to reports by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that KEDCO is not lifting the power it is supplying us.
“Therefore, the management herewith states that it is part of its strategy to get back the huge debts so that it can meet up with the 100 percent payment that is being demanded from KEDCO by TCN on monthly basis,” he said
Mr Sani-Shawai explained that KEDCO was doing massive disconnection across its franchise areas because majority of its customers did not want to pay their outstanding bills which had accumulated to several billions over the years.
“Between January and July 2019 alone, KEDCO has recorded over N10 billion outstanding bills, which is not good for business by all standards, particularly in view of the fact that we also make payments for the power we get as a distribution franchise.
“This accumulation of uncollected bills has resulted in our disconnection move by our field officers and when such is going on, the energy will not be used in those areas.
“This is one path the situation of huge unpaid bills has twisted our hands to take”, he explained.
Sani-Shawai added that the disconnection move was a strategy to get the customers to pay their bills and to also help them not to keep accumulating extra bills to the detriment of KEDCO’s activities and financial obligations to TCN. (NAN)