The Kebbi State House of Assembly has charged the Management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company to explore and avail itself with the relevant laws in the nation’s statue books with the view to bringing the perpetrators of energy theft and vandalism of power supply Infranstrature to justice.
The charge was made today in Birnin Kebbi by the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Muhammad Buhari Aliero during a public hearing organised by the Assembly to look into the challenges bedevelling power supply situation in the state.
The Deputy Speaker said the Kebbi State House of Assembly is concerned by the deteriorating power supply situation in the State and called on community leaders, traditional institutions and local government authorities to mobilise the entire citizens of the state to ensure timely remmitence of electricity bill to the Distribution Company.
He also charged the Management of Kaduna Electric to consider the large number of electricity consumers in the state with no functional energy meters and ensure immediate deployment of meters to put to rest the increasing complaints of over billing.
In his contribution, the special adviser to Kebbi State Governor on power, political and chieftency affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Haruna Rasheed (Sardaunan Gwandu) called on all stakeholders “to disabuse the minds of their subjects, supporters and members of erroneous impression that electricity is free”.
He also expressed the state government’s willingness to partner with the electricity Distribution Company through the newly introduced franchising regulation so as to increase energy access to the people of the state.
Earlier, the BDRO Kebbi Regional Office of Kaduna Electric, Engr. Dogara Sa’idu appealed to the State Assembly to enact law that will criminalise energy theft, vandalism and destruction of power supply infranstratures and provide for more severe panalities against perpetrators of these act.