KEDCO Strengthens Surveillance to Curb Meter Theft
By Adedapo Adesanya
The management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has advised its numerous customers across its franchise states of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina to be careful of thieves who steal the electricity gadget.
According to a statement issued by the KEDCO’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Ibrahim Sani Shawai, there has been a spate of meter theft in the operational location lately.
However, the energy company said it has already strengthened its surveillance in a bid to curtail the menace, vowing to deal decisively with anyone caught in the act, because, according to KEDCO, the stealing of prepaid meters is as an act of sabotage.”
“There have been reports of rampant meter theft, hence the need for customers to be on the look out.
“We are committed to metering our customers and the mass metering programme is still ongoing across our franchise.
“Meter theft, which is now slowly on the increase, is viewed by KEDCO as an attempt to sabotage the effort of the company and the federal government towards bridging the metering gaps and ending estimated billing.
“We have taken measures to strengthen surveillance across our franchise and anyone caught would be made to face the law.
”The management herewith advises customers to support KEDCO by embracing the mass metering initiative while also protecting KEDCO’s installations and equipment by reporting promptly suspected attempts to relevant security agencies,” Mr Shawai said.
The federal government under the auspices of National Mass Metering Scheme (NMMS) along with the 11 DisCos across the country will distribute over six million prepaid metres to consumers in the country.
KEDCO has over one million customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, and efforts have been made to ensure a hitch-free distribution of meters to all the customers in the franchise area.