TechInAfrica – KEDCO, the Kano Electricity Distribution Company, has commenced the roll-out of prepaid meters for its customers in Katsina State in part of the efforts to ease the issues of estimated billings. Jamilu Ishaku Gwamna as the Managing Director spoke during the ceremony in Katsina on the weekend about the amount of 70 percent of its customers rolling without prepaid meters and how the customers have trouble with the bills as well as the failure on payment. To solve this, Engineer David Omoloye as the Chief Technical Officer encouraged customers with the launch of the prepaid meter.
Gwamna also warned customers who act on energy theft, meter bypass and other illicit activities that bring loses for KEDCO and disadvantage for the customers as well. KEDCO has set up a special task force tribunal to trial decree the customers under its three franchise areas, such as Kano, Katsina, and the Jigawa States.
“We are herewith calling on all customers that have formed the habits of not paying their bills to desist from such to avoid the tribunal hammer, as we don’t want our customers to go to jail. We urge our customers to pay for services rendered to them to enable us (KEDCO) do more by rendering more services to them. They should reciprocate by paying their bills, we assured them of improving service delivery,” Gwamna said.
KEDCO has also created MAP desks in all of its zonal offices for customers who want to contribute to acquiring the meter, which enables 2 types of payments, as in upfront or installment mode, according to KEDCO Enforcement and Compliant Officer, Alhaji Nura Wada Nas. The Magajin Garin Katsina, Aminu Kabir Usman as represented by Wakilin Kudu, Alhaji Audu Iliyasu, described the launch of the prepaid meter as a welcoming development, which will have a long way to address issues related to billings.