The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company(KEDCO), has dismissed reports that the state water board was unable to provide water to some parts of the Sokoto metropolis last week due to power outage.
Speaking in Sokoto yesterday, the Business Development Relations Officer of the company, Abubakar Ibrahim Hashim, insisted that the recent water scarcity in some areas in the state capital was not as a result of epileptic power supply.
According to him, the state water board is a major customer of the company and as such the priority of KAEDCO is to ensure adequate electricity for their use.
He explained that it was not possible for the water board to pump water to all parts of the state capital at the same time due to the fact that its booster stations lacked the capacity to do so.
“The water board has booster stations in different locations in the state capital where it pumps water to the consumers.
“Thus, in a situation where there is no electricity in a particular area,the booster station cannot pump water. If they require more energy, we can afford to provide it for them.We attend to their issues promptly because they are our priority customers and important to us.
“So, it is not true that water scarcity witnessed last week in some parts of the state was caused as a result of power outage,”he explained.
He disclosed that KAEDCO generated about N1.7 billion in Sokoto state from January till date.
Hashim stated that Sokoto residents consume energy worth between N500 million and N600 million monthly.
The Business Development Relationship Officer said the company generates between N200 million and 220 million in the state monthly.
He however, lamented that the major issue in terms of revenue generation, has to do with the inability of consumers to pay their electricity bill.
“Our monthly target is about N600 million but we generate between N200 million and N220 million monthly. In fact, the highest was N260 million in March 2017 and this is our greatest challenge.
“That is why we want to provide pre-paid meters to all our customers for us to have accurate energy provided to consumers. I believe that doing this will go a long way in improving our revenue.
“I can tell you that we don’t even generate 50 percent revenue of what is consumed in Sokoto. And that is why the investors are complaining because up till now they are still operating at a loss. They are yet to break even,” Hashim added.
He appealed to customers in the state to endeavour to pay their electricity bills on time to enable the company provide better services for them.