By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kaduna has given Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO) four weeks ultimatum to comply and adhere strictly to the Nigeria Electricity Regulations Company (NERC) guidelines law and business ethics to ensure stable power supply to its consumers.
This is due to agitations by Kaduna residents on epileptic power supply where a tripartite meeting with CSOs, Stakeholders, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and KAEDCO was convened to iron out areas of interest that could ensure mutual understanding for a better service delivery.
However neither the management or representatives of KAEDCO were present as they boycotted the meeting after being duly notified.
The meeting observed that the refusal of KAEDCO to attend the very important tripartite meeting but chose instead to participate in a football match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium same day, was a clear indication that costumers are less important, and also out of fear of being exposed.
According to the group, this has clearly shown that KAEDCO is responsible for short changing the people through acute shortage of power supply to homes despite its availability.
At the end of the meeting a communique issued and signed by the convener, Comrade Yusuf Amoke, resolved that; “All homes should be metered and charged appropriately, to avoid people paying for power they did not consume, which has been the trend.
“Transformers, poles, cables and all other installations needed to give adequate, safe and reliable power to homes must be provided by KAEDCO as mandated and not consumers or government as it is made to look like.
“KAEDCO should henceforth evacuate all of the 8 per cent power allotted to it to service the people of Kaduna.
“Community associations should encourage people to pay their light bills, guide electricity installations like transformers against vandalism and expose neighbours who by-pass their meters.”
The meeting also agreed that KAEDCO should improve on its costumer services and its poor public relations.
Issues like estimated billing system that does not consider whether or not costumers enjoy the power supply, suspicious hidden charges in the metering system, non provision of transformers, poles, wires and other installations needed to transmit power to homes while expecting people in the community to contribute money to buy were issues that were of importance that needed clarification from KAEDCO.
Others include selling of prepaid meters to costumers which ought to be free and poor costumer services experienced were also part of the agitations by consumers that KAEDCO was to clarify.
The meeting was organized after the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, (CSOs) in the State had engaged Managements of KAEDCO and TCN, to seek answers and clarifications on issues bordering epileptic power supply experienced in the state.
This is despite the unprecedented increase in generation and transmission, and its availability as noticed in states like Kebbi, Kano among others,