Electricity consumers in Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states owe N36.2 billion in bills, the Managing Director of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, KEDC, Idris Muhammad, has said.
Mr. Muhammad said this during an interaction with media executives on Monday in Kaduna.
He said the company’s revenue as at March was N1.25 billion despite what he called improved power supply. He also said the total debt of the company as at September was N36.2 billion.
“I feel happy that power is available and our customers are enjoying power service,” he said. “But my headache now is that power that they have been enjoying means that the bills they have to pay will now almost multiply.
“But there is no corresponding increase in my revenue for giving my customers power supply 24 hours and this is my major challenge,” he added
Mr. Muhammad pleaded with costumers in the four states where KEDC operates to pay outstanding bills so as to ensure effective service.
“The greatest challenge is for customers to pay off their bills. Power supply has been addressed. Kaduna is now a modern city; you now have power supply for 20 hours,” he said. “If they don’t pay I’m afraid we won’t be able to sustain what we have been able to achieve. It gives us worry.”
The official said his company was, however, not considering disconnecting the debtors from electricity supply.
“Disconnection of power is a last resort,” he said. “We don’t like taking it because we believe everybody is responsible. Disconnection creates apathy between you and the customer.”