Energy theft: Only 260,000 Regular Paying Consumers on our Records-KEDCO

Energy theft: Only 260,000 Regular Paying Consumers on our Records-KEDCO

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……Report any illegality for prompt action

The Kano State Electric Distribution Company, KEDCO has lamented that out of the six hundred thousand known electricity consumers on its records, only two hundred and sixty thousand consumers pay regularly, leading to huge revenue loss for the company.

This was made known on Tuesday in Kano by the company during a one-day workshop with the theme, ‘building consumer awareness and strengthening the customer service capacity of the electricity distribution companies organized by Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors’, (ANED) under the ANED MacArthur Foundation Project.

Barr. Sunday Oduntan, a legal practitioner with the company in his presentation titled Corruption Practices-DISCOs Perspective, noted that ‘corruption is one of the major factors killing the power sector or business in the country with the DISCOs facing both internal and external challenges.

According to him, illegal connections, meter bypassing and other sharp practices by electricity consumers are some of the factors that cumulated to poor power supply recently experienced in places like Kano as the company is not able to meet up to what it is expected to remit to Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN) hence, its disconnection by the TCN.

He charged the general public to key into the company’s whistleblower policy by reporting any form of illegality by any person, groups or business premises within their neighborhood for necessary actions to be taken adding that by so doing, the DISCOs will be able to deliver efficiently.

The facilitator, Mr. Oyebode Fadipe also added for the sector to survive, people must realize that electricity no longer belongs to the government and that the sector must be funded while we must all begin to see it as our personal property.

He also added that there is the need for a strong partnership between the consumers and the DISCOs for better and steady growth as obtained in other places.

Furthermore, in his paper presentation titled ‘Retail Corruption in Nigeria’s Electricity Sector: Consumer’s Perspective’, Mr. Hassan Baba Shamaki, Federal Competition and Consumer protection Commission (FCCPC) stated that, retail corruption in the power sector has heightened many of the industry’s problems, such as poor infrastructure, inadequate funding, erratic power supply, poor customer service and customer dissatisfaction. It has also hampered power reliability and affordability.

As part of way forward to some of the challenges bedeviling the power sector, Shamaki suggested more awareness, use of technology for monitoring consumers demanding for transparency, provision of meters and regulators such as the FCCPC and NERC ensure compliance to standards and penalties for offenders are stringent.

The Head of the MacArthur Foundation, Mr. Kole Shetima who graced the workshop said, the foundation introduced the project considering its importance to the populace as almost every life is affected by electricity.

Shetima added that a positive change in the power sector will transform the lives of many which will spur positive response from electricity consumers needed by the DSCOs for efficient service delivery.

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