Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Monday inaugurated 50,000 pre-paid meters purchased
by the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (Kaduna Electric) for distribution to
Speaking at the event, which took place at the premises of the State Independent Power Project (IPP), Governor Tambuwal said the new pre-paid meters would curb the menace of the usually controversial estimated billing system. The governor said the new pre-paid meters would make for more prudent use of power by the residents.
On efforts by his administration to boost power supply in Sokoto, Tambuwal said 172 transformers had been purchased for installation to boost power supply across the state. He added: “The state government’s IPP will also soon come on stream, in partnership with Kaduna Electric”.
In his remarks, Fashola said the pre-paid billing system would curb losses to the power firms, occasioned by their inability to collect due rates. He said the new meters would eradicate the use of unmeasured electricity by the customers.
The chairman of Kaduna Electric, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, said the company was committed to living up to its obligations to the customers by ensuring they are metered. He said plans are in place by the company to set up a meter manufacturing plant in one of its franchise states to ensure adequate provision of meters to customers.
He also commended the minister for spearheading the ongoing reforms in the power sector and pledged Kaduna Electric's support to ensure its success.