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KEDCO donates N2m, other items to Katsina

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Mr Vijaykwunae Sonnawane,  Chief Operating Officer, Kano State Electricity Supply Company (KEDCO) says the company has donated food items to Katsina State Government as palliatives for distribution to the vulnerable.

Sonnawane while handing over the items to Governor Aminu Masari in Katsina on Friday, said  the gesture was part of the organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

He explained that the palliatives included, 100 bags of rice, 100 jerricans of vegetable Oil for cooking and N2 million cash donation.

The chief operating officer said that  KEDCO would continue to live up to its responsibilities to improve the lives of the masses.

Gov. Masari while receiving the donation, thanked the organisation for the gesture and urged it  to continue to  improve its services for the interest of the common people.

He pledged that the his administration would continue to partner with the company in providing good governance to citizens.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

 

 

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Masari urges KEDCO to improve on electricity services

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, has urged the Kano State Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) to improve its services to the state.

Masari made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.

The governor spoke shortly after the Chief Operating Officer of the Organisation, Mr Vijaykwnae Sonawane, donated palliatives on behalf of the organisation, to be distributed to the vulnerable groups in the state.

He said that there were many complaints from different homes in the state on poor services by KEDCO and, therefore, urged the management of the company to sit up.

He pointed out that his administration was partnering with KEDCO with a view to providing dividends of democracy to the people.

“It is in view of this that we are giving the company between N42 to N43 million every month since my assumption of office in the past five years.

“I, therefore, urge KEDCO to improve its services to the people,” Masari said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Lockdown: KEDCO donates N2m, food items to Kano

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The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has donated N2 million, rice and cooking oil to the state government, as part of its contribution to cushion the effects of the lockdown on the people.

Presenting the donation to the Kano State Government on Thursday, KEDCO’s Managing Director, Alhaji Jamilu Gwamna, said it was part of their corporate social responsibility.

According to him, the 1,500 10 kilogram bags of rice and 1,500 gallons of vegetable oil are to support the government in giving palliatives to the people.

“With the current hardship faced by the people due to the lockdown, we find it necessary to contribute our quota in our franchise areas toward reducing the consequences on the people,” he said.

Gwamna commended the government for its efforts in fighting the spread of the pandemic in the state.

He said that KEDCO was committed to supporting the state government.

The managing director commiserated with the state government and the people over the recent deaths reported, praying to God to forgive the deceased.

On power supply, Gwamma said that KEDCO had improved the provision of electricity from 16-18 hours in its areas of coverage, especially residential areas.

He said that this was aimed at keeping the people comfortable while they were at home due to the stay- at –home order.

Responding, Gov. Abdullahi  Ganduje commended KEDCO for the donation.

“ No doubt, such donation to the poorest of the poor will go a long way in touching their lives,” he said.

While describing KEDCO as a friend indeed, Ganduje said the gesture came at the right time when people were in need of such assistance.

He assured Gwamma that the state’s Palliatives Distribution Committee would ensure the judicious distribution of the items, so that those it was meant for would benefit.

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: KEDCO donates food items to Kebbi State Government

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The management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has donated food items, including 500 bags rice and 400 cartons of noodles to the Kebbi State Government as palliatives to cushion COVID-19 effects.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items also included 100 cartons of cooking oil and 100 bags of Semovita.

Presenting the items in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, the KEDCO Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Garba Haruna, said the gesture was in line with the company’s complementary role toward fighting the deadly global pandemic.

Haruna was represented by the trio of Head of Operations, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara zone of the company, Mr Sunday Yahaya; Head of Unit, Media and Communication, Idris Muhammad; and Area Manager, Kebbi North Area Office, AbdulWahab Suleiman.

The KEDCO managing director described the gesture as the fulfilment of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the company.

He said that as a responsible corporate citizen of the state, KEDCO would always stand by the people of Kebbi State and provide support where necessary.

Bags of semovita donated to Kebbi State Government by KEDCO

Haruna assured the government and the people that the company cherished the long standing mutual beneficial partnership existing between it and Kebbi State Government.

According to him, the company will always do its best within the limit of resources available to it to support the state government in its strive to take Kebbi to greater heights of development.

Receiving the food items on behalf of the government, the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Ja’afaru Muhammad, appreciated the management of KEDCO for the gesture.

Muhammad, who is also the Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, pledged that the items would be conveyed to the intended beneficiaries.

Cartons of noodles donated to Kebbi State Government by KEDCO

He, however, called on other corporate organisations to emulate the kind gesture of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company.

“Indeed, these food items will go a long way in providing palliative to the poor and vulnerable in this critical time,” he said.

Also at the presentation was Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Chairman of the Sub-committee on Relief, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Umar.

Others are Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim-Maigandi, as well as the state ALGON Chairman and Chairman, Jega Local Government, Alhaji Shehu Marshal.

Also in attendance was the Chief Medical Director, Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi, Dr Aminu Haliru-Bunza among others.

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Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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KEDCO to meter 75,000 households in Kano, other franchise areas

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The management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), says it has adopted proactive measures to meter about 75, 000 households in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.

Mr Ibrahim Shawai, KEDCO’s Head of Corporate Affairs, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Kano.

The statement quoted Jamilu Gwamna, Managing Director of the company, as saying that the exercise would be conducted in the next three months.

Gwamna said that the decision was based on the outcome of the stakeholders meeting between KEDCO and the five vendors handling deployment and installation of the meters.

He explained that the management had intensified efforts to meter its numerous customers as quickly as possible.

The Managing Director added that the management had also mandated the meter vendors to fast track activities to ensure speedy provision of the meters to address complaints by customers.

According to him: “The management has commenced consultation with three additional meter vendors with the hope that it will boost the number of meters in Kano franchise areas as more customers will be metered within the shortest possible time.

“We are not resting on our mission to ensure that we terminate estimated billing because it remains the major way to end customers’ complaints while improving satisfaction.

“We are really concerned about the need to ensure speedy circulation of the meters across board. This is why we are in negotiation with three additional vendors to make it eight”.

The company then notified to all concerned customers who were yet to obtain meters to come and get their meters for effective service delivery.

“There has to be a way of ending complaints on estimated billing system. KEDCO has been doing a lot to ensure that all customers were metered.

“Soon more vendors will be brought on board and we will push until every households gets a meter because as far as KEDCO is concerned, it is meter time”. 

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali
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KEDCO initiates internal operation reform to improve power supply

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Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), says it has embarked on internal operation critical aspects reform for improvement of power distribution in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.

Ibrahim Sani, Head of Corporate Communication of the company, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Kano.

Sani said the management was optimistic of improvement in power distribution following the latest ongoing reform.

He noted that the reform was triggered sequel to demands during the just concluded public consultation forum held with cross section of customers in the franchise states as well as the company’s need to be more customer oriented.

“As a responsible company; we have analysed complaints as well as the demands from our customers, and based on that we have moved to initiate critical reforms within the company to ensure that we improve on our services in power distribution within Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.

“This shows that we are a listening company and we are very optimistic that our initiative will improve power distribution in our franchise areas.

“Decrying some of the challenges that KEDCO is facing in electricity bill collection; power theft, vandalism and illegal connections, the management expressed high hopes that the company will continue to improve to make customers get better value for their money through improved distribution.

“In this regard; we want customers to support us through timely payment of bills especially with the coming of the estimated capping billing, reporting illegal activities and channeling complaints in proper ways’’.

The statement quoted Dr Jamil Gwamna, the Managing Director of the Company, as saying that more strategies were put in place to improve distribution following the opinion polls.

Gwamna said: “We are very much concerned about our customers and this is why we are assuring them of our resolve to act based on the opinions gathered from the fields.

“As we are making renewed efforts in improving power distribution, we need our customers to pay 100 per cent of their bills as Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) capping of estimated billing takes effect.

“We also want our customers to cooperate with our meter vendors to fast track efforts toward effective metering of all our customers in Kano DisCo franchise areas and together we will all end up as happy partners as stakeholders in power distribution”.

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali

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KEDCO educates customers on new tariff in Dutse

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The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) on Tuesday educated its customers in Jigawa on the benefits of the new electricity tariff expected to be effected by April.

The company prepared the minds of its customers on the new development at a public consultative forum on extra ordinary tariff review of the multi year tariff order 2020 in Dutse.

Dr Mamuda Abubakar of KEDCO’s Stategy Group, said the Federal Government had provided N701 billion between 2017 and 2018 under its power sector recovery programme.

Abubakar said that another N600 billion was provided to cover between January 2019 and March 2020, adding that while a total revenues shortfall for all market participants from 2015 to 2019 was about N1.72 trillion.

He said that the Federal Government intervention was becoming a burden to the national treasury and warranted government to take measures to tackle the problems.

Abubakar said that part of the measures was to eliminate tariff support by the end of 2021 with gradual withdrawal from April this year.

According to him, the new tariff is designed to ensure sustainability in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity in the country.

He insisted that with the new tariff, the distribution companies would overcome illegal connections, meter bypass and improve supplies related challenges.

He appealed to customers to ensure prompt payment of their bills in order to enable the company serve them better.

However, a cross-section of the customers also called on the company to improved power supply in the state, adding that the Dutse do not get sufficient supplies.

Some of the customers complained of not getting KEDCO supplies for 10 days in some areas while the company bill them for a whole month.

Other customers, however, urged KEDCO to address the challenge of meter reading manipulation for customers who are not using prepaid meters.

Responding to some of these allegations on the sidelines of the forum, Nura Wada-Nas, Head of KEDCO’s Regulatory Compliance, assured customers of the company’s readiness to address the issues raised.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Illegal connection, meter bypass, major challenges of KEDCO — MD

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Alhaji Jamilu Gwamna, the Managing Director, Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), has described illegal connection and meter bypass as the major challenges bedeviling the operation of the company in its franchise areas of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa.

This is contained in a statement signed by Ibrahim Sani-Shawai, the Head, Corporate Communications of the company, and issued to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.

According to him, the analysis of events within the Kano franchise areas by the company’s field officers had seen these constraints causing serious economic losses to the company and the country at large.

Gwamna said: “As a company, we have the best of intentions for all our customers and the power sector development in the country.

“But the analysis from our field officers over time has revealed some frightening statistics that have given us a cause to worry.

“No business can survive under the atmosphere of any economic loss amounting to billions of Naira. It is a threat to the economic development of our country and we are not happy about this.

“If we make our customers happy and work assiduously for their happiness all the time, I see no reason for illegal connection just to evade payment or being metered.

“Yet you are enjoying services in a manner that puts power distribution at risk of low income.

“We keep investing in networks and making expansionary measures reality in the interest of the stakeholders, but what we get in return in some areas is not encouraging to be frank,” he said.

The Kano DisCo boss added that the acts of not wanting to pay bills by some customers amounted to energy distribution crisis which is capable of threatening the capacities to provide adequate electricity supply to customers.

He said such attitude was in spite of a rapidly growing culture of network expansion and the Federal Government’s reform measures to address the challenges in the power sector.

“We are still metering our customers and we believe effective metering will help us address some of the challenges in this regard and to also continue to key into the Federal Government’s reform agenda for the power sector.

He said that currently, only a few per cent of KEDCO’S customer population paid their bills regularly and also there was a growing number of such people who engaged in connecting energy without permission.

He stressed that the taskforce in charge of addressing issues of illegal connection and other illegal acts had been mandated to scan the areas for proper prosecution of anyone found wanting.

He appealed to customers who had formed the habit of not paying for services enjoyed to ensure prompt payment of their electricity bills to enable the company to serve them better in the interests of all stakeholders.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu

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KEDCO losses N52bn revenue in 2019 – MD

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KEDCO losses N52bn revenue in 2019 – MD: The Managing Director, Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Alhaji Jamilu Gwamna, says the company had lost energy supplied to it by regulators worth about N52 billion in 2019.

Gwamna reveled this in Kano while unveiling the new Customer Strategy and Company award and Empowered Conference.

He explained that KEDCO cannot meet its obligations with the serious problems facing them, adding that they did not find it easy in their revenue collection in 2019.

The managing director noted that they have introduced several measures to curtail energy loss and lack of staff commitments to company growth as well as revenue collection.

He added that such challenges led to the slow down of the company in meeting its obligations.

“One of the strategies adopted include direct tariff monitoring, feeder supervision and also moves to ensure only revenue paying customers are provided with power to avoid lost and wastages,” he said.

The KEDCO boss expressed concern over the billing system being used by the company as it has serious problems with the balance sheet.

“That is why the company has adopted three new methods of enhanced operational capability, customer experience and serious revenue drives.

“Although, I should commend you all the staff on the 2019 performance which was so far the best by collecting N3 billion revenue.

“But you should know that we are not yet there, because we need a projected N4 billion monthly revenue,” he charged.

He explained that the company’s efficiency is now hovering between 80 to 89 per cent, adding that they have now started at 56 per cent.

“We should do all we could to improve on that, you can also see that our loss was 56 per cent, now beginning of this year we have seen the ratio falling to 36 per cent, this is a good news that should be sustained,” he encouraged the workers.

Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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2 applicants bag 2 months jail term each for impersonating KEDCO staff

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An Upper Sharia Court, Kaduna State, on Thursday sentenced applicants, Auwal Aliyu and Mustapha Mohammed, to two months imprisonment each for impersonating officials of the Kaduna Electric Distribution Company(KEDCO).

The Judge, Mustapha Umar, sentenced Aliyu and Mohammed after they pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, theft and impersonation.

Umar, gave the convicts an option to pay a fine of N5,000 each.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Shehu Abubakar, told the court that one Zubairu Ibrahim ,  reported the matter at the Sabon Gari Police Station on Jan. 2.

Abubakar said  the complainant met with the convicts after they claimed to be KEDCO officials to assist him get his prepaid metre number in KEDCO office to enable him pay his outstanding bills.

He alleged that the convicts stole the metre and sold it to one Ahmed Musa, now at large for N40,000.

The offence, he said, is punishable under the provisions of sections 333, 271 and 142 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

Edited by: Sadiya Hamza

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