By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
If the tarriff of electricity consumers within it’s four franchise states remain unchanged, a projected shortfall of over 49 billion Naira will be suffered by Kaduna Electric for the year 2020.
Head of Strategy, Kaduna Electric, Dr. Mahmud Suleiman disclosed this in Kaduna on Wednesday, at an interactive session with journalists.
“If Tarriff remains unchanged Tarriff shortfall for Kaduna Electric alone will be over N46 billion this year.
“Even with the new Tarriff, shortfall is projected to be around N17 billion in 2020,” he said.
Explaining how power is generated, and as it affects the tarriff, he said that 80 per cent generation is thermal, while only 20 per cent is hydro.
“GENCOS buy gas from international oil companies in dollars, which naturally reflects on price of power generation,” he said.
Speaking further, he said that with the improved power supply, all Band A and B customers under the franchise area of Kaduna Electric will within the next six months, be provided with prepaid meters.
“Over next six months, we will meter Band A and B customers 100 per cent,” he assured.
He explained that for the Tarriff for Band and C and D, the goverment has decided to freeze those bands for now.
“The goverment has said their consumption is small and subsidy for them continues,” he said.
On future plans of ensuring better service delivery, he said that they remain committed to improving.
“We have to commit to hours of service, as well as metering Band A and B 100 per cent.
“Increased service hours,accelerated meter rollout plans, higher collection efficiency, better load shedding programme, faster, better resolution of customers complaint,” he assured.