The management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has attributed the severe rationing of power amongst its customers to low allocation of energy from the national grid.
In a press statement, the Head Corporate communication of the Company, AbdulAzeez Abdullahi, said the allocation was drastically reduced by almost half.
“The company, whose franchise area covers the four northwest states of Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara received an allocation of 160 megawatts of electricity yesterday and has been receiving between 150 to 200 megawatts in the past two weeks. This is a far cry from the about 700 megawatts the company needs to satisfy the energy requirements of its customers in the four states,” he said.
The Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, James Olotu, had last week reported that the nation’s power generation capacity suffered serious setback due to the vandalism of gas pipe line at 10 NIPP power plants.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, had also said that the nation is now producing a meagre 2,000 megawatts from 4, 000 megawatts due to activities of the vandals.
The company appealed to its customers for patience and understanding as the federal government strives to tackle the menace of gas pipeline vandals in some parts of the country.