The Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc, KEDCO, says it has lost transformer oil, aluminium conductors, cables and other valuable material worth N108.8 million to vandals in just six weeks.
The company’s spokesperson, Mohammed Kandi, said in a statement on Thursday that the spate of vandalism, energy theft and meter bypass which had recently risen extremely in KEDCO’s areas of operation, was becoming unbearable.
Mr. Kandi said the development had caused setback for the company. It called on customers to help watch over its installations.
He quoted KEDCO’s Chief Technical Officer, David Omoloye, as saying “the quantity of vandalised materials from August to date include: 46.5 drums of transformer oil, 2, 130 aluminium conductors (150mm2), 4, 500 aluminium conductors (100mm2), 535 and 15 (150mm2&70mm2).”
Other materials, the CTO said, “825 XLPE Cable (35mm2), 529 (500mm2) &161 (300mm2) Incomer Cables and 40 Busbar.”
Mr. Omoloye said the theft took place in Sabo Gari, Sharada, Tudun Wada, Dala, Dakata, Dutse, Funtua, Hadejia, Kabuga, Katsina, Kumbotso, Malunfashi, Mariri and Nasarawa.
“I am appealing to all our esteemed customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states to watch over our installations as their own because when the damage is done they suffer weeks of blackout,” he said.