Why electricity supply is poor in Sokoto, Kebbi, others — Kaduna Distribution Company

Electricity prepaid meters used to illustrate the story.

The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has said that it gets an average daily power supply of 100 to 250 megawatts as opposed to 600 to 700 megawatts it requires.

The Managing Director of the Company, Garba Haruna, said this on Sunday as he addressed journalists after inspecting the Sokoto State government-owned Independent Power Project.

The inadequate supply, Mr. Haruna explained, is the reason for the daily rationing of power between the four states it supplies power. The four states are Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Kaduna.

Mr. Haruna said the company will deploy over 500,000 pre-paid meters in the four states in the next five years.

”This is to improve our efficiency in power supply and bolster the confidence of the customers as a new firm,” he said. “Currently, only between 20 to 25 per cent of our customers in the four states were metered and this is telling on our revenue generation.”

Mr. Haruna further stated that the firm was deploying new technologies to improve its cash collections and block areas of revenue leakages.

”We have a monthly projected cash collection of between N 3 billion to N 4 billion while we are only realizing a paltry N 1 billion monthly.

”We are also cooperating with the security agencies to protect our facilities as the nefarious activities of vandals were taking their tolls on our operations,” he lamented.


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