Kano gov’t summons KEDCO, TCN over poor power supply

The Kano state government has summoned officials of the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) over the lingering blackout in the state.

DAILYFOCUS reports that KEDCO and TCN have been locked in serious disagreement with the latter disconnecting the former over non-payment of debt amounting to billions of naira.

At a meeting convened Monday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the state government expressed “deep concern” over the failure of power supply, which it said has crippled economic activities.

Alhaji lamented that the level of power failure has reached an alarming state, prompting the state government to intervene after series of complaints from members of the public, according to a statement by his spokesman Uba Abdullahi.

He urged both the KEDCO and TCN to expedite action and restore normal power supply to the teeming population of Kano state pointing out that Kano state government is deeply worried by the power failure.

In his remarks the spokesperson of KEDCO in Kano state Ibrahim Sani Shawai explained that KEDCO is doing all it could to restore normal power supply and apologized to the people of Kano, assuring them that “such situation would not happen again.”

On his part, Ahmad Ibrahim Karaye, the head of System Operations at TCN, who is in charge of Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Niger Republic said they have no problem with power supply stressing that currently they have about 300 megawatts of power and at any give point they are ready to transmit it accordingly.

He thanked the state government for its timely intervention stressing that TCN is ready to ensure adequate power supply not only to the people of Kano state but across the federation and beyond.

Responding, the SSG said the government would monitor the commitments of both electricity firms to ensure that they have delivered on their mandates so as to end hardship the public are facing due to absence of power supply.

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