KEDCO laments collection of less than 27% revenue target in Kebbi 

Fri, Mar 10, 2023
By editor


 KADUNA Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Kebbi Central Area Office, on Thursday lamented that it was collecting less than 27 per cent of its monthly revenue target.

Is’haq Is’haq-Gwamna, Manager, Kebbi Central Area Office, disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in his office in Birnin Kebbi.

The News Agency of Nigeria  (NAN) reports that the journalists were in the area office to clarify issues relating to epileptic power supply, load-shedding, low voltage, exorbitant billing and unnecessary disconnection, among other issues.

He said: “What we are consuming in Birnin Kebbi Central Area Office is far greater than payments, the minimum consumption was N575 million and the highest money we generated was N192 million which is equivalent to less than 27 per cent of our consumption.

“We are all Nigerians, we have the habit of not paying electricity bills. Go to our neigbouring countries such as Benin Republic or Niger Republic and see how they pay their energy bills.”

Is’haq-Gwamna appealed to KEDCO customers to imbibe the habit of paying for energy consumed to enable the company to remain in business.

He, however, lauded the Kebbi State Government for being alive to its responsibilities in the prompt payment of electricity for its ministries, departments, agencies and parastatal agencies.

The manager also acknowledged the fact that the state government had been assisting the company in the area of provision of transformers to different areas.

Speaking on prepaid meters, he said the company had 4,993 prepaid metres in the area, “but fewer than 2,600 are active”.

Is’haq-Gwamna insisted that a lot of people intentionally burnt their meters or come to the company with concocted stories about the state of the equipment.

On epileptic power supply, Is’haq-Gwamna blamed it on low generation of energy from generating company not from KEDCO, saying: “the company gives out energy to its customers as received.”

He said the company was not billing customers exorbitantly and disconnecting them unnecessarily, blaming them for not paying their bills promptly.

“When people refuse to pay their bills, the company had no option than to disconnect such customers,” he noted. (NAN)