By Our Correspondent
The Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has insisted that meter deployment and installation by its field officials remains free and not for sale.
According to the Management, such clarification had become necessary in view of the recent claims by some online platforms that customers in Kano franchise were made to pay ‘indirectly’ for meters.
This is totally out of place as we have never collected money for meter or installations. This is as a result of our support for the Federal Government Mass Metering program where thousands of meters have been installed at different households under our franchise.
It is in this regard, that we warn that anyone disguising as KEDCO staff or conniving with any of our staff to extort customers, such persons would not be spared but prosecuted in line with the provisions of the law when caught.
Customers have also confirmed to our monitoring team that they didnt pay any fees before having meters installed in their communities.
Nasiru Danmaraya, a resident of sheka in Kano confirmed to our team that he secured his meter without paying “a dime. I had it in mind to get one but didnt have the time until KEDCO marked my house and installed it for me freely.”
Another customer, Bello Yusuf, a resident of Salanta, also in Kano said he didn’t pay any money for installation because ” no one asked me to do so. I just saw them (KEDCO vendors) map my house and the next thing I saw was free meter.
“This is good and I commend both the FG and KEDCO for this gesture. If this is sustained, the complaints on estimated billing will be eradicated just like mine,” he said.