Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We’ve installed 140,000 meters, says Kaduna Disco



Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company says it has so far provided over 140,000 meters to electricity consumers in Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states.But we gathered that the company’s performance on metering in its franchise states was below expectations.The Head of Corporate Communications at the firm, Alhaji Abdulazeez Abdullahi, told our correspondent in Kaduna that since the company rolled out the Meter Asset Provider scheme six months ago, over 1,000 meters had been installed. He said the entire process was slow because of the cost implications.Abdullahi said due to the Federal Government’s recent increase of Value Added Tax, a single phase meter would cost about N39,000 while the triple phase would be sold at about N72,000
He said, “The way electricity consumers were shouting for meters, one would have thought that by now, there would be a huge number of electricity consumers coming to request for prepaid meters but that seems not to be the case.“Electricity consumers are not willing to pay for it. They are not willing to come forward for the prepaid meters, of course, because of the cost elements. Like you know, the government said people should pay for meters.” When asked if the process for acquiring meter was cumbersome, the KADECO spokesman said, “The process is simple. Upon filing the form, an assessment of the customer’s property shall be conducted to determine the suitable meter to be installed, after which the consumer is expected to pay for the meter. Once that is done, installation is done within 10 days.”Our survey revealed that the costs of prepaid meters were high and getting access to them was cumbersome for electricity consumers.An official of the workers’ union, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said, “The MAP programme has not performed well. That’s the truth. The meter asset providers don’t have meters as we speak. There are over 5,000 applications right now and over 1,000 treated as of December. I don’t think there has been a significant increase between December and January.

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