The Management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (Kaduna Electric) has said that estimated billing cannot be avoided in their operations. It explained that the billing could either be a plus or a minus of 5% error which arises from the upward review of unit cost.
This is coming after the company received a four week ultimatum from a coalition of civil societies in Kaduna State to stop crazy or estimated billing and improve services or get its main office shut down.
This was disclosed by the management team led by the Head of Engineering and Technical Services, Bello Musa during an interactive session with Journalists in Kaduna. He listed some of the challenges faced in their operations.
The management noted that consumers not paying in time, not paying at all or conniving with workers to under pay or go under cover, power theft and corruption, direct hooking, bypassing and tampering with meters are serious challenges rocking their operations. It also noted that DisCos don’t have enough revenue to effectively execute their business plans, money being realized to pay salary and run some essential operational expenses while capital is funded from other investments.
The Management therefore called on the regulatory bodies, including Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC and the Ministry of Power to strengthen the sector with better regulatory framework. To this end, it suggested that government should sponsor investments and subsidy for lower income groups in the country.
The Management team also stressed the need for all components in the power sector of their respective duties and “stop blame game “. The components are; Generation, Transmission and Distribution companies saying that they should use the increased tariff towards the betterment of the sector.
There was also a blame game between the distribution company and Transmission Company of Nigeria over which the CSOs absolved the TCN of any shortcoming.