The Management Kaduna Electric has said that 70 percent of power outages is caused by energy theft and vandalism, and called for strong collaboration between the company and its customers to bring to an end the twin menace of power supply infrastructures.
The team leader, media and community relations of the company, Idris Muhammad made the call during an interactive session with customers at Rigasa Area Office, Kaduna on Thursday last week.
A statement issued by the company over the weekend attributed over 70% of unplanned outages and unannounced interruptions of power supply in its franchise area to the activities of the perpetrators of energy theft and vandals.
According to the spokesman of the electricity distribution company, “the twin menace of energy theft and vandalism are responsible for almost 70% of the unplanned outages being experienced in our franchise area with the attendant inconveniences and unnecessary burden on the customers.
“We are all (the Company and the customers) at the receiving end; paying heavy price in terms of loss of expensive equipment and scarce resources while the perpetrators losses nothing,” he further stated.
The unwholesome activities of the energy thieves and vandals is not only impeding the company’s efforts at ensuring steady power supply, but are also placing additional and unnecessary burden on the customers, he contended.
He ,therefore, called on the Rigasa community to expose the perpetrators of these acts who constitutes nuisance to both the company and the customers stressing that the “collaborative effort could not have come at a better time.”
A community leader and the chairman Gwamna/Mashi roads residents Association, Alhaji Abdullahi Lawan Adaraye charged all communities in the area to organize themselves and form neighbourhood associations to enable them address some the challenges identified during the interactive session collectively.
He pledged their cooperation and appealed to the management of kaduna Electric to ensure that all its service centres have the full compliments of staff and necessary logistics to discharge their responsibilities effectively.