As the privatised electricity Distribution companies (Discos) continue to grapple with low allocation and poor supply, youngest unbundled Disco, Kaduna Electric is working assiduously to improve supply in its area. In this interview, the Managing Director, Garba Haruna wants government to tackle transmission and gas-to-power challenges. Nosa Alekhuogie presents the Excerpts:
It is about six months since you took over, where is the company in terms of service delivery?
Kaduna Electric like other privatised Distribution companies (Discos) has various challenges and that informed government’s decision. Prior to this, government spent money to ensure the system works, but it wasn’t. Despite the expenditure, the system is not working as good as expected and that was the reason why government decided to bring in the private sector to purchase these assets and improve customer services and provide electricity.
The key challenges are the structures. Over the years, there was no investment to improve infrastructure even when there were monies appropriated and that is why all the Discos are deficient in terms of infrastructure. Most of the Discos have their injection substations and other equipment in bad shape. Most of the customers are not even metered and those who have meters were using old mechanical meters and the transformers which are aged develop problems. So if you have a system like that, it is not possible to derive efficiency.
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