Law­maker de­mands N1.5bn com­pen­sa­tion from Kano coy over black­out

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ismail Mu­dashir, Kano

A mem­ber of the Federal House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yusuf Shittu Galambi, has de­manded N1.5 bil­lion com­pen­sa­tion from the Kano Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany(KEDCO) over six months power out­age in his con­stituency.

Galambi, who is also a mem­ber of the House Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Com­mit­tee on Power, lamented that since the takeover of the Kano zone of the de­funct PHCN by KEDCO, the people of his con­stituency in Ji­gawa State, have been cut off from the na­tional grid.

Speak­ing to our cor­re­spon­dent shortly af­ter ad­dress­ing people of his con­stituency at Kila area of Gwaram Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, he said he has fi­nalised ar­range­ments with his lawyers to in­sti­tute le­gal ac­tion against the power com­pany.

“Be­fore the pri­vati­sa­tion pro­cesses were com­pleted, the people of my con­stituency were en­joy­ing power sup­ply but since the takeover by this com­pany, we have been in dark­ness. As a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the people, I have no other op­tion than to go to court. My people have lost over 1.5 bil­lion to the black­out be­cause they rely only on PHCN for power sup­ply,” he said.

He added: “It was wind that dam­aged the 33kv line sup­ply­ing power to the people of my con­stituency. At first it was only five con­crete poles and 500 me­ters ca­ble that were af­fected but be­cause of the lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude of the com­pany to­wards the re­pair, it has in­creased to about 10,000 me­tres. If other com­pa­nies be­have like this, then I’m afraid to say that the pri­vati­sa­tion of the PHCN will be a fail­ure”.

He said they have on sev­eral oc­ca­sions re­ported the is­sue to the Dutse busi­ness unit of the com­pany but that no ac­tion was taken.

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