Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KEDCO) has expressed deep worry over the increasing spate vadalism on its power infrastructure.
According to the company some valuable materials worth N108,831,550 have been lost through the activities of vandals in its franchise area from August to date.
The company’s spokesperson, Mohammed Kandi, said in a statement that materials included transformer oil, aluminum conductors, upriser cables among others amounting to the quoted amount have been lost to vandals within the period under review.
Kandi lamented that the spate of vandalism, energy theft and meter bypass which had recently risen extremely in KEDCO’s areas of operation was becoming unbearable.
He also stated that the development had caused the company huge losses and setbacks within a period of six weeks, calling on the customers, who bear the brunt to watch over the installations in their areas.
He quoted KEDCO’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Engineer David Omoloye, as saying: “The quantity of vandalised materials from August to date include: 46.5 drums of transformer oil, 2,130 aluminum conductors (150mm2), 4,500 aluminum conductors (100mm2), 535 and 15 (150mm2&70mm2).” Other materials, the CTO said, were 825 XLPE cable (35mm2), 529.
Meanwhile, Kaduna Electric, on Monday commenced the distribution of prepaid meters to its customers in Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi and Zamfara. The free meters were part of efforts by the company to ensure optimal service delivery.
The Minsiter of Power, Babatunde Fashola and Gov. Aminu Tambuwal flagged off the distribution in Sokoto.
In his remarks, Fashola said that the new billing system would curb losses to the power firms, due to inability to collect due rates. The minister also said the metering system would eradicate the problem of paying for unmeasured electricity by customers.
“They will, therefore, ensure fair billing system as well as enhance regular power supply,” Fashola added. In his remarks, Tambuwal said the prepaid meters would curb the menace of the controversially estimated billing of customers.
The governor added that the system would reduce the cost of using power by residents.
“The system will empower the customers to control their usage of power,” he said, adding that it would enhance efficiency in the power supply.
“We have also purchased 172 transformers at over N600 million to boost power supply across the state.
”The state government’s Independent Power Project (IPP) will also soon come on stream, in partnership with KAEDCO.”
According to him, the government has undertaken various measures to augment power supply to the state.
He disclosed that the government had collaborated with the Nigeria Energy Support Programme to tap the abundant renewable energy sources in the state.
Source: National Mirror