Thursday, 29 December 2016

Kaduna Electric begins tree trimming exercise

Kaduna Electric has commenced tree trimming exercise in parts of Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi, its franchise states.

The objective of the exercise according to the Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, is to improve stability in the company's network for a more efficient electricity distribution to customers.

He added that with the exercise, tracing  of faults on the network and rectifying them will be easier and it will also curb the incidences of trees fouling the network lines.

The Kaduna Electric spokesman also said the tree trimming exercise is very important as it helps to reduce significantly the cases of energy losses and ultimately improves on its technical and collection efficiencies.

Abdullahi therefore solicited the patience of customers who may experience outages in neighborhoods where the exercise is being carried out. 

He also urged customers to give the contractors conducting the exercise the necessary cooperation in order for them to effectively trim the trees that may be impeding the network lines and warned that the trees may constitute hazards to customers if allowed to obstruct the network.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016


Since the commencement of the ongoing new smart meter installations in Kaduna, Sokoto and Kebbi states, we have received complaints from customers that the smart meters are 'running fast'. We wish to reassure our customers that the reading accuracy of the meters have been certified by the Nigerian Electricity Management Agency (NEMSA), the government agency responsible for upholding standards in the  that industry.
Some of the reasons why customers may notice that their meters are 'running fast' are;

  1. The wiring in some customers homes may be faulty resulting in energy leakage. Customers are therefore advised to ensure their wiring is done by certified LECAN contractors in order to avoid such leakages.
  2. Customer should also monitor the usage of high energy consuming electrical items at home to regulate electricity usage. Such Items include; water heaters, bore holes, pressing iron, boilers and air conditioners. Adopting an energy management approach in the home will greatly reduce cost.

We wish to urge our customers to embrace the new smart meters as they offer the following advantages:

1. The new smart meters ensure more accurate readings hence only reads what the customer consumes.
2. The customer can easily monitor his energy consumption to ensure better energy management.
4. Customers can interface with the new smart meters from the comfort of their rooms by recharging or checking their balance.
5. The new smart meters ensure customers are no longer billed by estimation.
6. The new smart meters ensure customers are placed on their correct tariff class


Friday, 9 December 2016

Senate lauds Kaduna Electric, urges Discos to Patronise Local Meter Coys

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has lauded Kaduna Electric's metering efforts even as he called on Electricity Distribution Companies in the country to patronise indigenous manufacturers of energy meters in order to support local industries.
A press statement by the Head, Corporate Communications of Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez Abdullahi revealed that the Senator made the assertions in Kaduna during the Committee’s oversight duties to Kaduna Electric, stressing that electricity distribution companies must key into the on-going efforts to turn around the nation’s industrial sector.
Senator Abaribe also commended the Management of Kaduna Electric for the efforts made so far by the Company to improve on its operations. He particularly expressed the Committee’s satisfaction with the meters deployment programme currently being undertaking by Kaduna Electric in Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto states.
According to the Legislator, the current wide spread complaints about metering would be drastically reduced if the distribution companies source their meters locally. “Sourcing meters locally will fasten the Discos meters deployment processes, support our industries, grow the economy and above all, lessen the present foreign exchange challenges”, Senator Abaribe contended.
He also directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to make available to the Committee the audited accounts of all the distribution companies as soon as possible.
Earlier, the Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer of Kaduna Electric who stood in for the Managing Director/CEO, Engineer Bello Musa disclosed that the Company has procured fifty thousand meters and the deployment of these meters is currently going-on in all the franchise states of the Company. He also announced that another batch of fifty thousand meters is being expected.
He called on the senate to use the legislative instrument at its disposal to ensure that MDAs debts are settled to provide the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry with the needed liquidity. 
Other members of the Committee that accompanied the chairman on the oversight visit include Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, Senator Olanrewaju Tejuosu, Senator Mohammed Hassan and Senator Salau Ogembe.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Kaduna Electric Sanctions Workers with Fake Results

About one hundred and forty (140) workers of Kaduna Electricity Distributions Company were last week laid-off for academic qualifications' racketeering.
A press statement issued by the Head, Corporate Communications of the Company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi quoted the Head, Human Resources of the Company, Mrs Khadijat D Kabir as saying that the affected workers committed offences ranging from presenting fake result, tampering with their grades to non-completion of approved courses.
According to Mrs Khadijat D Kabir "the excises was painstakingly carried-out by a consultant engaged by the Company to ensure that all forms of examination fraud by any employee of the Company is fished out".
"Kaduna Electric is a responsible corporate brand, and shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that it workforce is only made up of people with integrity", Mrs Khadijat Kabir contended.
She advised the Company's workers to imbibe the virtues of honesty, sincerity, truthfulness and moral uprightness in all their dealings.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Kaduna Electric sacks Management staff, Temitope Owoeye

Kaduna Electric has sacked its erstwhile Chief Corporate Services Officer, Temitope Owoeye.

Owoeye was handed his dismissal letter on Tuesday after a disciplinary committee instituted to investigate allegations of insubordination, indiscipline and gross misconduct leveled against him found him guilty of the offenses.

A statement signed by Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said the Management of Kaduna Electric, with the backing of the Board of Directors, took the decision to relieve Owoeye of his duties in order to forestall  a breach in its operations and disruption of the harmonious working relationship among staff.

The statement added that the Management of Kaduna Electric also felt it necessary to affirm the fact that all staff who deliberately violate laid down company policies are made to face the consequences no matter who they are.

It will be recalled that Kaduna Electric recently sacked 24 staff members who were found to have engaged in fraud and other corrupt practices.

Abdullahi said the company has zero tolerance for activities that undermine the company and will continue to wield the big stick against staff who do not share in the vision of the company of building a responsible organization that aspires to give customers qualitative services.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Sokoto State Chairman of National Youth Association Mukhtar Bello Abdulraham has commended the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company for providing free prepaid meters to its Customers in Sokoto State.

The Chairman who stated this  after vending at Sokoto Area Office said providing a prepaid meter is a welcome development adding that the new meters would curb the controversial estimated billing system.

The chairman is a resident of Bafarawa Housing Estate Sokoto under Kaduna Road feeder which is among the feeders where the meter deployment commenced.  He Said the new prepaid meter would make for more prudent use of power by the residents.

According to him, the prepaid meters system was efficient and reliable and ensures no more dispute over disconnection for nonpayment as it is a pay as you use system and the smart meter would eradicate the menace of energy theft and bypass by the consumers.

He advised Kaduna Electric to roll out the meters across Sokoto State and all its franchise states. 

He also advised all customers that the Company deserves cooperation and appreciation from the members of the general public in ensuring power supply to all and the success of the metering program.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Kaduna Electric Targets six weeks for 1st Phase of Meters Deployment

The first phase of mass meters deployment currently being executed by Kaduna Electric shall be completed within six weeks.
This was disclosed by the Head, Energy Metering and New connection of the Company, Engineer Aliyu Abbas Abdullahi over the weekend while inspecting the meters installation exercise in Doka area of Kaduna.
He revealed that “the meters’ deployment programme of the Company is currently going on simultaneously in Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto States” while assuring that “the exercise will be launched in Zamfara state before the end of the year”.
He urged customers to embrace the new smart meters which will replace the old ones at customers homes saying the smart meters allows for ease of use as customers can recharge their meters even in the comfort of their bedrooms.
Engineer Aliyu disclosed that Kaduna, Sokoto and Kebbi States have been allocated 20,000, 18,000 and 12,000 smart meters respectively in the first phase of the programme.
He appealed to electricity users in the Company’s franchise area to be patient and cooperate with the meters installers “as a well articulated plan has been put in place to ensure the success of the programme”.
He also called on the general public to avail themselves with the audio-visual demonstration on how to make effective use of the new smart meters already posted on the Company’s web site.

Monday, 21 November 2016


In a bid to constantly keep its esteemed customers fully abreast of transactions on their accounts, the Management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has introduced an alert system to immediately inform customers of transaction(s) carried-out on their meters. The alert will contain information such as the nature of transaction, the amount, the kilowatts hour of electricity subscribed, date and time. This will further ensure that our customers have correct value for all their transactions.
Kaduna Electric is therefore calling on its valued customers to submit their valid mobile phone number to the cashier at any of our vending centres. Kindly ensure that you submit your personal number and not that of your wards, aides, house-help or security guard.
Kaduna Electric….. Reliable energy, endless possibilities.


Kaduna Electric has sacked twenty-four members of its staff for fraud related cases.
A statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, quoted the Head of Human Resources, Hajia Khadija Kabir, as saying the staff were laid off following reports of an Investigation Committee that found them culpable of fraudulent offences, and confirmed by a Disciplinary Committee.
 “The staff were relieved of their duties after they were found guilty for various offences which range from stealing company funds, meter theft, illegal meter installation and signature forgery”.
Hajia Khadija noted that the process to establishing their guilt was a thorough one pointing out that there are checks in the system that notified the Supervisors who directly work with those indicted. 
“The offenders were first issued a query for them to explain themselves and those whose explanation were genuine enough were allowed to go, while those whose explanations were not convincing were forwarded to the Investigative Committee”.
She further revealed that the process is an ongoing one to checkmate the incidence of fraud and other negative behaviours, adding that there are still cases currently under investigation for different offences.
She therefore called on all staff to desist from all forms of fraudulent activities and to see themselves as stakeholders who are expected to maintain a high level of integrity, which according to her will be beneficial to all on the long run.
“The decision and process leading to the laying off of the culprits is clearly in line with the company’s policy and best practices which gave each accused the right to fair hearing irrespective of tribe, ethnicity or religion,” she explained.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Management of Kaduna Electric, the operator of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company wishes to inform its esteemed customers that it has commenced its mass meters deployment programme. The exercise is currently going on in Kaduna metropolis. The meters’ deployment programme entails supply and installation of smart meters to the customers FREE and recovery of all old meters.
Kaduna Electric is therefore enjoining its valued customers to give maximum co-operation to the installers whenever they come around. Any concern or complaint should be forwarded to the Project Manager or the Head, Energy Metering and New Connection in rooms 104 and 101, No. 1&2, Ahmadu Bello Way Kaduna respectively or through the Company’s customers care unit. The customers care unit can be contacted through this number: 07019788888
Remember, these meters are free. Do not entertain any request for payment of whatever fees from anybody.
Kaduna Electric….. Reliable energy, endless possibilities.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Governor El-Rufa’i Commends Kaduna Electric, Flag-off Free prepaid in Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Ahmad Nasir El-Rufa’I have commended the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company for providing free prepaid meters to its customers in Kaduna State. The Governor, was represented by the State Commissioner for Works and Transport Engineer Hassan Usman Mahmud, stated this during the flag-off ceremony of the deployment of the meters in Kaduna today.
 According to Engineer Mahmoud, “I am here directed by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Ahmad Nasir El-Rufa’I, to come here on behalf of the citizens of Kaduna State to congratulate the Distribution Company in Kaduna zone on this great milestone”.
The Governor also implored the Electricity Distribution Company to improve on it performance by “making these meters easily accessible to the public” urging the would be beneficiaries to avoid tampering with or manipulating the meters as such will attract penalty. “Once they are installed let us put a penalty that will make it more difficult for customers to circumvent them’’, he suggested.
In his brief goodwill message, the Emir of Zazzau Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Idris who was represented by the Zannan Zazzau and District Head of Tudun Wada, Kaduna, Alhaji Falalu Dalhatu, congratulated the Management of the Company for the laudable effort. He expressed confidence in the ability of the Management to deliver on its promise.
According to the traditional ruler, “the company is in able hands given the track records of its Chairman Board of Directors, Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar”.  
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman Board of Directors of Kaduna Electric, Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar welcomed all to the occasion.
He disclosed that “the exercise started last month in Sokoto and in continuation of our commitments to provide our customers with very intimate and good services, we are committed to ensuring that people pay for what they consumes and the best way to do this is by ensuring that people are properly metered.
He noted that the prepaid meters are smart meters, equipped with anti tampered device and they are very accurate and have been certified to have met international standard by the Nigeria Electricity Management Services agency (NEMSA).
He also said Kaduna Electric has the largest network coverage area in the country, stressing the Company’s resolve to providing world class services to its customers.  ‘’our commitment is continuous improvement in the provision of our services and I believe customers can attest to that”, he stated.
Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar urged the customers to reciprocate the gesture of the Company by paying their bills promptly. According to him, “there are two sides to the issue, one is provision of excellent service and the other is payment for the services. As you all know, electricity business in Nigeria has undergone transformation from social service to a commercial product and for every commercial product, there is a price and somebody has to pay for that.’’
He also disclosed that the company had entered into a partnership with a foreign meter company to establish a meter manufacturing factory in Kaduna, when completed it will create employment opportunity to the citizens.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Kaduna Electric launches meters in Kaduna Wednesday

After the successful flag-off of the mass deployment of 50,000 prepaid smart meters in its franchise states at a ceremony in Sokoto in October, Kaduna Electric is set to launch the deployment of the meters in Kaduna state.

The Kaduna Launch which is expected to be flagged off by State Governor, Malam Nasir elRufa'i is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 at NITR Layout, Unguwan Rimi in Kaduna metropolis at 10:00 am.

A statement by the Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said that customers in Kaduna state are to be provided with the smart meters free of charge in the first batch of the deployment.

He said the company is expecting the delivery of more meters before year end which shall also be deployed to its teeming customers in Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi, its franchise states. 

He urged customers to embrace the installation of the meters in their homes as it is a better way of accurately reading the amount of energy consumed by customers and will ensure customers only pay for what they consume.

It will be recalled that the minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola along side the Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal flagged off the mass meter deployment in October in Sokoto.

During the ceremony, the Managing Director of Kaduna Electric, Engr. Garba Haruna had reiterated the company's commitment to metering its customers and has devised a robust metering plan that will see a significant number of customers metered over the next five years.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016


The general public is hereby requested to be more vigilant and apprehend anybody caught tampering with or removing any item from power transformer. Similarly, any suspicious movement around power supply transformers, especially at odd hours, should be reported to the nearest police station or our office.
Let’s join hands and arrest the situation. Let’s ensure that criminals don’t deprive us of our right to steady power supply
Kaduna Electric….. reliable energy, endless possibilities

Monday, 31 October 2016

Kaduna Electric: Two vandals get one year jail term

A 28 years old man Abdullahi Aliyu and  23 years old Nura Ibrahim have been sentenced to one year Imprisonment in addition to 10 strokes of the cane by the magistrates court 3, NDA junction in Kaduna.
The Chief Magistrate, Justice Abdulaziz Ibrahim, said in his judgement delivered last Friday that Abdullahi Aliyu and Nura Ibrahim were handed the punishment for criminal conspiracy and theft of 3 core 150 mm armoured cable 5m length 200mm belonging to Kaduna Electric. 
Earlier, the Civil Defence prosecutor, Shamsudeen Labaran, in his First Information Report said that on the 22nd of October, 2016 at about 03:00HRS Abdullahi Aliyu Male, 28 years of No 4 Jagi Road, Unguwan Shanu, Kaduna and Nura Ibrahim, 23 years, Male of No 8,Garin Kurama Road, Unguwan Shanu, Kaduna conspired and jumped into Kaduna Electric premises Abakwa Substation and broke the window of the PC&M store and took away with 3 core 150mm armoured cable 5m length 200mm belonging to Kaduna Electric. 
The two vandals were immediately after the judgement whisked away to prison to begin their sentence.
The Head, Corporate Communication of Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said the company is pleased with the judgement and hopes that other vandals will take heed and  desist from such acts.
He said Kaduna Electric together with the police and civil defence corps have teamed up to put the heat on vandals who have been sabotaging the company's operations by vandalizing power installations. Adding that whoever is caught will be swiftly brought to face the wrath of the law.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Kaduna Electric Partners Police in Fight Against Vandalism

The Anti Vandalisation Unit of Kaduna state police command has pledged more support and collaboration with Kaduna Electric in the fight against vandalism of power equipment in Kaduna State.

The pledge was made during a meeting between the two organizations at the corporate head office of Kaduna Electric in Kaduna. The Leader of the Team, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Muhammad Bashir Mada, said ‘we want to relate together to know which areas to assist you in arresting the menace of vandalism of Kaduna electric equipments in Kaduna and environs. 

He also called for prompt reporting of cases of vandalism to the police and also avoiding unnecessary delays before information reaches the police. He warned against mob action against vandals by some communities saying such action makes it difficult for the police to detain and prosecute a wounded vandal before any court of law; as such cases would be rejected by the courts and prison Service.

He further said the buyers of the Vandalized/ stolen items are committing more crime than vandals for that reason the police would soon embark on raids on sellers of electrical equipments across the state.

Also, commenting Assistant Superintendent of Police Suleiman Danmallam said the police have enough manpower and operational vehicles to carry out the exercise; what they only need from Kaduna Electric is official and documented backing to carry out arrest and prosecution of the vandals. Any time we need you, you should always be there for us.’ He said

Responding on behalf of Kaduna Electric the Head Logistics, Security and Protocol, Mallam Nuhu Sani thanked the Police for their usual support and cooperation. He said Kaduna Electric has begun consultations amongst the community/ opinion leaders and citizens to always protect and see power installations in their neighborhood as theirs. He said a standby team will soon be set up that would work jointly with the police Anti vandalisation unit

Also speaking at the meeting a Security consultant to the Kaduna Electric Mallam Sani Isyaka, who is also Head of Blue Diamond Security, urged the Police to come out with proactive measure that would stop vandalism completely or reduced it to the barest minimum

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


In compliance with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) directive that all electricity consumers should be metered, the management of Kaduna Electric recently deployed 50,000 pre-paid meters in Sokoto State.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, which took place at the premises of the State Independent Power Project (IPP), the Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the new pre-paid meters would curb the menace of the usually controversial estimated billing system.

The governor noted that the new pre-paid meters would encourage more prudent use of power by the residents.

According to him, the pre-paid-meter billing system is efficient and reliable, and advised the distribution company to roll it out across the state.

On efforts by his administration to boost power supply in Sokoto, Tambuwal said 172 transformers have been purchased for installation to boost power supply in the state.

He added: "The state government's IPP will soon come on stream, in partnership with Kaduna Electric.''

Governor Tambuwal added that the state government was undertaking myriad of interventions to augment power supply to the state.

He disclosed that the state government was collaborating with the Nigeria Energy Support Programme to tap the abundant renewable energy sources in Sokoto state.

These, according to the Governor, include wind and solar energy, as well as hydro -power potentials at Goronyo Dam, among others.

Also, speaking, the Chairman of Kaduna Electric, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, hailed Governor Tambuwal for his uncommon commitment to the issue of power in the country.

The Governor commissioned over 1000 motorcycles for the company’s Sales Representatives and metering officials in the four states it covers.

In attendance at the ceremony were Sokoto Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, heads of agencies and other stakeholders in the power sector.

KADUNA ELECTRIC FETES CORP MEMBERS - Urges them to be worthy ambassadors of the company
NYSC Corp members shortly after Send Forth Lunch with management staff

National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members deployed to Kaduna Electric were yesterday treated to a Send Forth Lunch to commemorate the end of their service year with the company.

In his welcome address, delivered by the Chief Marketing and Customer Services Officer Mal. Murtala Bello, the Managing Director of Kaduna Electric, hailed the corps members for their contribution to the company especially in the area of Customer Enumeration.

He added that the feat they achieved in 10 months is highly commendable and urged them to remain worthy ambassadors of Kaduna Electric.

Commenting on why the company decided to fete the Corp members, the Head of Human Resources, Hajia Khadijah Kabir said, “Today’s event is a testimony of management’s focus on its manpower at whatever level. The management appreciates their contribution so this is our little way of saying thank you to them.”

One of the Corps members, Rasheeda Dahiru, said she was pleasantly excited and surprised that Kaduna Electric deemed it fit to appreciate them. She said they are grateful for the gifts and experience acquired working for the company.


Kaduna Electric has received commendations from the Sokoto State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Abdulkadir, for steady and reliable power supply to all police formations under his Command.

The Commissioner gave this kudos while receiving a delegation from the company led by the Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer, Engr. Bello Musa in Sokoto recently.

Abdulkadir who noted that the Police and Kaduna Electric are partners in progress expressed gratitude to the management of the company for giving the command priority in power distribution.

He reassured the delegation of his commitment in settling all outstanding bills adding that efforts are being made to offset some of the bills in the shortest possible time.

The Police Commissioner said in order maintain the good relationship between the two organizations, the Nigerian Police Headquarters Abuja will also be informed of the need to constantly pay electricity bills.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer, Bello Musa, lamented some of the challenges facing the company, which range from vandalism of company equipment and installations to energy theft and inadequate returns on investment as a result of nonpayment of electricity bills by consumers.

He therefore solicited the partnership and cooperation of the Nigerian Police, community leaders, other security agencies and stakeholders to curtail the menace.

Engr Bello appealed to the Commissioner of Police to use his good offices to ensure that all formations under his Command pay their bills as at when due so that the company can sustain supply of reliable energy.

BDRO Kebbi Area Office, Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim Hashim (4th from left), Alh. Yushau Abdullahi (3th from right), and other colleagues during a Premium Customers Visitation at Birnin Kebbi

To ensure that customers are well informed about the plans and actions of the company in their interest, the Business Development and Relationship Officer, Kebbi Area Office, Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim Hashim has charged staff to take Customer Relationship Management seriously.

He made this known after a supervisory visit to communities on quality service delivery and energy bypass, maintaining that staff must treat customers as kings as this would make cash collection easier.

He added that it is imperative to use the opportunity of interacting with customers to communicate the change in management and the need to meet their financial obligations, which will guarantee stable power supply.  

Mr. Hashim noted, “a cordial relationship is not built when it is time to distribute bills or collect cash, it is a continuous process”.

In one of the communities he visited, he urged the customers to report any unsatisfactory service by any member of our staff.

He also appealed to the customers to shun all forms of energy theft like energy bypass, adding, “should there be any need to purchase transformers there is an official way to go about it”.

The BDRO further enjoined all staff to take Customer Enumeration, Bill Distribution, Bill Analysis and Cash Collection seriously warning that underperforming staff will not be accommodated in the system.   
Mr. Hashim directed that all Metering staff should give maximum support to the Sales Representatives stressing that it by doing so that the revenue collection of the area will improve.

Similarly, Mr. Nafiu Kabiru who is the Corporate Communications Officer and a member of the supervisory team, called on the Sales representatives to cooperate with the Metering staff who are in charge of reading the meters to ensure that customers are billed correctly.  
The Supervisor for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara Area Offices, Mr. Sani Argungu, who was also part of the Supervisory Team spoke on the need for staff to be contented. He said the issue of fraud is an indication of lack of contentment, which he said is the reason why people steal from the company.