Kaduna Electric To Consider Alternative Power Generation

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KADUNA, APRIL 6, 2017 –  The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company says it plans to generate electricity from an alternative power source other than the national grid.

This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Mr Idris Abdullahi, a spokesman of the company, on Wednesday in Kaduna.

The statement said that the Company’s Head of Compliance, Malam Lawal Lawal, gave indication during a Customer Consultative Forum in Kaduna.

According to Lawal, the move is necessitated by the current generation capacity of Generation Companies of Nigeria (GENCOs), which he said is not enough.

He added that as part of efforts to augment the allocation the company receives from the national grid, it has begun talks with other companies for solar and wind sources.

Lawal said the company had invested much on the procurement of metres which he said had passed a rigorous process before they were certified as fit for installation.

He noted that the company had completed a digital mapping of customers to address the complaints resolution turnaround time.

He, however, lamented the rate at which the smart metres were being compromised, a situation he described as sabotaging the efforts of the company.

Lawal, therefore, appealed to the public to be the company’s whistle blowers on all forms of illegal acts, stressing that both customers and the company would benefit from it.

The Chief Marketing and Customer Services Officer, Malam Murtala Bello, reiterated that the customer formed the backbone of the business and a major stakeholder in the value chain.

“Given the role of the customer in this business, we see you as partners in progress whose support we need to work together as a team.

“There are misconceptions about our operations that need to be corrected and this is what an interactive session such as this hopes to address,’’ Bello said.

The high point of the event was the cutting of the cake by the customers, the company’s way of appreciating their loyalty and continued support.

The statement said community leaders and representatives of Nigerian Electricity Regulations Commission (NERC), Printers Association Nigeria and Timbers Association of Nigeria, among others, attended the forum.

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