NASS To Enact Law To Compel Military, Police, Pay For Energy Consumed

NASS To Enact Law To Compel Military, Police, Pay For Energy Consumed
October 29 04:15 2014 Print This Article

National-Assembly_fpThe Senate Committee on Privatisation has disclosed that the National Assembly is set to come up with a legislation that would compel the Military and Police pay for electricity consumed.

Chairman of the Committee, Olugbenga Obadara, who made this known during an over sight function to the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) stated that the legislation when it finally comes into effect will ensure that electricity consumers pay for energy consumed.

Over the years there have been several complaints that Military and Police formation have refused to pay for energy consumed leading to their been indebted to the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) running to over N4 billion.

According to a statement by the Head of Public Communications, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Chigbo Anichebe, Obadara while appealing for patience from the public as investors rehabilitate aging facilities advised the management of KEDCO to come up with incentives that will motivate consumers of electricity to willingly pay their bills.

He enjoined the Transitional Committee of the power plants to work hard in order to recover the debts owed them by military formations and the police.

Receiving the Senators, the Managing Director of Sahelian Power SPV Limited, owners of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC), Dr. Jamil I. Gwamna, revealed that the company had signed an agreement with Ajaokuta Steel Company for the supply of 90MW of electricity to KEDCO to augment the inadequate allocation it currently receives.

He disclosed that plans were on for the company to roll out 100,000 prepaid meters to its customers annually to improve revenue collection.

He added that a system-wide study of the entire network had been completed and future plans made for total repositioning of the company. Initiatives include recruitment of skilled personal; development of policies and procedures for effective management of the revenue value chain; procurement of working tools, operational vehicles and refurbishment offices and working environment geared towards improving service delivery and efficiency. Consequently, collections have progressive grown from 58 percent in January 2014 to 65 percent in August 2014.

Also at the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, the story was not different as the Managing Director, Idris Mohammed, appealed to the National Assembly to intervene in order to get the military formations and the Police to pay up the N4.4billion they owed the company and also strengthen the existing legislation to deal with vandals of electricity installations in the country and power theft.

He added that the management had embarked on systematic and result-driven restructuring of the workforce before handing over to the new investors.

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