By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
In its plan to capture all electricity customers under the Prepaid billing system, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company ( KEDCO) has in collaboration with Federal Government concluded arrangements to roll out prepaid meters starting from Friday October 30 , 2020 to 80 , 000 consumers under its franchise.
Disclosing the Accelerated Prepaid metering program to newsmen in Kaduna , CEO of KEDCO , Alhaji Garba Haruna said one million electricity consumers would be metered in piecemeal over a period of three years , explaining further that 80 , 000 meters would be distributed starting from Friday this week and another 120 , 000 consumers , according to him would be covered in first quarter of next year until the target of one million is achieved.
He decried huge debts owed the company by electricity consumers , charging customers to pay for energy supplied to enable the distribution company meet her obligations to generation and transmission company.
” Eighty percent of electricity generated comes from thermal using gas while the remaining Twenty percent comes from hydro .
” We all know how expensive gas is because it is supplied by international oil companies whose price is determined by foreign exchange.
” For Nigerians to enjoy uninterrupted power supply they must be ready to pay for energy consumed to keep us afloat so we can pay power generation and transmission companies , they in turn can meet up their financial obligations as well.
” Federal Government has been subsidizing electricity consumed by Nigerians . This explains the about 50 naira per kilowatt We charge but I must assure you this low price regime is not sustainable.
” To be cost-effective , we had to segment our customers into five categories according to energy consumed so we don’t operate on loss.
” We have five different Tariff bands reflective of service consumed. Band A should enjoy 20 hours of electricity everyday , Band B , 16 hours while band C , D and E are to get 12 , Eight and four hours respectively of uninterrupted power supply daily. ” Alhaji Garba said.
He urged consumers not to pay a dime to anybody who may solicit financial gratification from them for prepaid meters.