By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Power, Mr. Dan Asuko has reminded Kaduna State electricity consumers that power do not come cheap but with a cost which must be paid to ensure that the dilapidated infrastructure of the power sector they complained about is revamp and replaced.
Mr. Dan Asuko stated this in his key note address when the Members House Committee on Power visited Kaduna State for an oversight function to allow the public air their view on the issues bordering on power sector and the challenges they face with the power distributions, billing, transmission and generation in the country and in the state.
According to him, Kaduna State is losing about 3 million naira on illegal power tapping from the residents of the state to avoid paying for power generation, saying “as we encourage Nigerians not to steal power but pay for it, we also encourage energy distribution companies to invest as investors”.
The House Committee Chairman also informed that this is why the members resolved to move a motion to intervene on the state of infrastructure on power sector and how the governments at all levels and power operators can change the face of issues that affect the quality of power being given to Nigerians that pays for this services.
“The Members of the House Committee on Power resolved to intervene on issues of billing and the state of infrastructure on power sector, how governments and operators can change the face of issues that affect the quality of power being given to Nigerians that pays for this service. That is why we have come to Kaduna State Distribution Company.
“We have visited 4 Distributions Company Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi inclusive Kaduna State and any of our visit, we try to have before hands assessment and hear from the people who are the consumers the issues and try to apparent and have immediate solution to those.
“Critically, we make sure the confident is being built between the consumers and the operators within these areas to make sure that the satiation we find ourselves will not degenerate to that of where consumers feel that government in question is not concern or that the operators are been allow to exploit them.
Mr. Dan Asuko said the members also observed that there are much communication gap, adding that this is a way of allowing the Nigerian people who are the consumers to know the issues in power sector and try to resolve them while given the necessary support to the distribution company that are under all the operation value chain to take us where we are supposed to be in the near future.
He was of the opinion that Nigerian had a power sector that are not seen considerably investment in the last 39 years before it was unbanned as they are in the state of trying to revamp the power sector.
The House Committee Chairman enjoined all hand to be on deck with the generation and the transmission distribution company and the Nigerian people who need to pay the bills for the business to work.
“We had a power sector that are not seen considerably investment in the last 39 years before it was unbanned and so we are in the state of trying to revamp the power sector in a way that there is credential power assess till when we go to stable power supply. We have contracts that have been ongoing for the past 15 years and is not completed in the transmission line, we have issues of gas supply that is denominating in dollars and are are paying the bills in Nair even inflation.
We need to embrace the attitude and responsible behaviors of paying for services enjoy by the power that is given to you. You also have to complain if you are paying for services you are not getting that is why the National Assembly has moved from Abuja to Kaduna State to be able to hear from you”.
In an interview with Report Circle, the Executive Director Kaduna Distribution Company, Mr. Garba Haruna assured the consumers that it is not in the Company policy to allow communities to contribute money to purchase transformers and urged the consumers to stop patronizing fake Nepa staff for illegal connection to reduce cost.
“We have over 3000 staff and all of them cannot be good but we will try to monitor the staff”
He however encouraged the consumers to stop paying 5000 naira to by-pass the electricity meter as it is not a corporate citizenship.