|Nasir El-Rufa’I, Kaduna State Governor
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Ahmad Nasir El-Rufa’I have commended the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) for providing free prepaid meters to its customers in Kaduna State.
The Governor, who was represented by the State Commissioner of Works and Transport Engineer Hassan Usman Mahmud, stated this during the flag-off ceremony of the deployment of the meters in Kaduna yesterday.
According to Engineer Mahmoud, “I am here directed by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Ahmad Nasir El-Rufa’I, to come here on behalf of the citizens of Kaduna State to congratulate the Distribution Company in Kaduna zone on this great milestone”.
The Governor also implored the Electricity Distribution Company to improve its performance by “making these meters easily accessible to the public” urging the would-be beneficiaries to avoid tampering with or manipulating the meters as such will attract penalty. “Once they are installed let us put a penalty that will make it more difficult for customers to circumvent them’’, he suggested.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman Board of Directors of Kaduna Electric, Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar welcomed all to the occasion.
He said that “the exercise started last month in Sokoto and in continuation of our commitments to provide our customers with very intimate and good services, we are committed to ensuring that people pay for what they consume and the best way to do this are by ensuring that people are properly metered.
Abubakar noted that the prepaid meters are smart meters, equipped with anti tampered device and they are very accurate and have been certified to have met international standard by the Nigeria Electricity Management Services agency (NEMSA).
He also said Kaduna Electric has the largest network coverage area in the country, stressing the Company’s resolve to providing world-class services to its customers.
He said, ‘’our commitment is continuous improvement in the provision of our services and I believe customers can attest to that.”
He urged the customers to reciprocate the gesture of the Company by paying their bills promptly.
According to him, “there are two sides to the issue, one is provision of excellent service and the other is payment for the services. As you all know, electricity business in Nigeria has undergone transformation from social service to a commercial product and for every commercial product, there is a price and somebody has to pay for that.
He also siad that the company had entered into a partnership with a foreign meter company to establish a meter manufacturing factory in Kaduna, when completed it will create employment opportunity to the citizens.