Senate Oppose Proposed Increase In Tariff

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There have been speculations before now about a possible increase in electricity tariff across all DISCOs within the country, but confirmed report says that the Senate Committee on Privatization has opposed the proposed increase in electricity tariff, as any further hike in the cost of electricity could lead to various forms of resistance from customers. Read More

The chairman of the senate committee on privatization Mr. Ben-Murray Bruce, during a monitoring visit to Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) explained that electricity distribution companies were close to a cost-reflective tariff era. According to him, an increase in tariff without a commensurate salary increment will be suicidal for customers. He further emphasized that rather than increasing tariffs, DISCOs should make their system more efficient and effective.

The chairman heaped praises on the management of KEDCO for serving its customers efficiently and effectively generating over N2 billion in revenue as against the targeted N3.5 billion.

“This development is encouraging; the management has told us honestly and clearly that this is a good business, which gives hope to Nigerians. We are excited with the explanations we got from Kano DISCO. We will go back to the Senate and write our report and tell Nigerians that there is hope for them and the problem of power can be fixed.”

The Managing Director of KEDCO, Jamil Isyaku Gwamna, also made known his displeasure as regards the 350 megawatts transformer in Kumbotso which is currently damaged and TCN seems not to be doing any repair work on it, as this has in-turn hampered supply to consumers.

Mr. Gwamna also highlighted customer’s refusal to pay bills as a major challenge in revenue generation and that a large chunk of their revenue are used in paying staffs salaries, stating categorically that the company pays N530 million as salary monthly for the 2,500 staff strength.

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