Estimated billing capping: ‘Amount determined by tariff class, location’




The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has clarified the insinuation that electricity consumers would, henceforth, pay N1, 800 for their monthly power consumption, stating that such “is a clear misrepresentation of facts.”

 The management made the clarification Thursday in a statement issued in Kano by the Company’s head of corporate communications, Ibrahim Sani Shawai.

It noted that following the order of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the capping of estimated billing in the Nigerian Electricity supply industry, KEDCO “is permitted to charge up to N5, 500 and N8, 500 on residential and commercial customers, respectively, depending on the location of the customer.”

It further stated that the “order on the capping concerning KEDCO is to take effect from March bill; thus, with this capping regulation, customers are now expected to pay 100 per cent of their monthly bills to move the industry forward; this will help to improve power supply and resolve the liquidity challenge in the sector.”

The statement read in part, “The claim that all DisCos are now to charge only N1, 800 is not true as it being circulated, as N1, 800 is the industry average which include customers in the rural areas. We believe that the move by NERC is for the growth of the sector knowing full well some of the challenges in the electricity supply industry. We wish to put it in clear perspectives that we are permitted to charge beyond N1, 800. We are using this medium to assure our numerous customers that we will continue to improve our services to ensure that customers get the needed satisfaction from all our services.”

It further read, “It will be recalled also that we have given a marching order to all meter vendors handling deployment and installations to speedily ensure that all our customers are metered for the overall good of all stakeholders.”

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