Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) Dr. Jamilu Isiyaku Gwamna has expressed concern that the electricity distribution company is now engulfed in a major crisis, which is almost beyond its control
Addressing reporters in Kano on Monday, Gwamna stated that illicit activities of pipeline vandals had abysmally affected the smooth operations of the company with its entire survival at stake.
Gwamna added that the 50 megawatts received the KEDCO would not be able to meet the ever increasing demands of its customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.
The KEDCO Chief Executive, who was represented by the Chief Technical Officer of the company, David Omoloye however stated that 800 megawatts was KEDCO low demand in a situation of acute shortage of the megawatts needed to supply power on the average .
Gwamna also lamenting that the current situation had badly crippled socio-economic activities of KEDCO’s customers in the three states.
He said the electricity distribution company had signed a memorandum of understanding with investors willing to invest in sourcing solar energy as an alternative means of power supply.
The KEDCO Chief executive stressing that power would only be available with foreign investors investing heavily in both hydro and thermal stations in the absence of a proper balance in the way the two energy outfits operate.
He pointed out that KEDCO’s major concern was the dismal pace its customers were groaning under difficult circumstance and that the way Kano was badly crippled in terms of socio-economic development emanating as a result of scanty power supply called for serious concern.
He posited that it was also a responsibility of customers patronizing KEDCO to keep a constant vigil on the Company’s major installations to avoid it vandalization by some unscrupulous elements vandalizing KEDCI’s cables and transformers.
The chief executive officer affirming that KEDCO should not be expected to have its presence everywhere.
While unreservedly apologizing to KEDCO’s customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, the Chief Executive also expressed optimism that with the current arrangement put in place on the provision of solar energy as part of the renewable energy drive the issue of system collapse would become a thing of the past.