MDA debts, oth­ers ham­per ser­vices – Kaduna Elec­tric

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Chief Com­pli­ance and Reg­u­la­tory Of­fi­cer of Kaduna Elec­tric, Engr. Lawal Lawal, has listed some chal­lenges ham­per­ing the firm’s op­er­a­tions to in­clude de­lay in bills pay­ment, as­sault on its staff, and the huge MDA debts.

Engr. Lawal, who spoke at the com­pany’ cus­tomer fo­rum in Kaduna, said other chal­lenges in­clude col­lu­sion with staff and quacks, and the by-pass­ing of me­ters by cus­tomers.

He said the Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany (Disco) cov­ers four states - Kaduna, Sokoto, Zam­fara and Kebbi - and is meant to serve over 16 mil­lion peo­ple with about 2,223 house­holds. How­ever, only 380,000 cus­tomers are reg­is­tered with eight area of­fices and 143 service cen­tres.

The Team Leader, Cus­tomer Service Unit of the firm, Mr Sun­day Ya­haya, in his pre­sen­ta­tion, said while the firm had a pro­jected ca­pac­ity of gen­er­at­ing N3.2 bil­lion monthly from cus­tomers, it was only able to post an av­er­age of N1.2 bil­lion monthly.

He said it was be­cause over 30 per cent of the prod­uct, due to tech­ni­cal rea­sons, was lost in the process of get­ting it to con­sumers while more rev­enue was lost dur­ing tar­iff col­lec­tion.

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Engr. Garba Haruna charged stake­hold­ers in the elec­tric­ity in­dus­try to live up to their obli­ga­tions for the down­stream sec­tor of the value chain to re­main vi­able and prof­itable.

He ap­pealed to cus­tomers to pay their bills as at when due, not­ing that it was by do­ing so that Kaduna Elec­tric would be able to meet its fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions to in­vestors, staff and sup­pli­ers.

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