By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Sokoto State Government has set up an intra- Ministerial Committee to reconcile the State Government outstanding debt owe Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company with the view to setting the debt.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Energy. Alh Aliyu Balarabe stated this in Kaduna today when he paid a working visit to the Head Office of the Electricity Distribution Company.
He said that the State Government is concern about the State of electricity supply in the State and has commenced mobilization and sensitization of the citizens on the importance of payment of electricity bills and protection of supply asset against vandalism.
“The State Government is currently wooing investors to the State; in a not-too distance future, a consortium of Moroccan investors are going to set-up a fertilizer Company in the State; so I am in Kaduna Electric to discuss all electricity issues in Sokoto State and further cement the relationship between the State Government and Kaduna Electric”, he said.
In his response, the Mananging Director/CEO of Kaduna Electric , Engr Garba Haruna assured the Commissioner of the Company’s unwavering commitment to support the industrial drive of the Sokoto State Government.
He directed the Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer to immediately constitute a strong working group to study all issues raised and come-up with innovative solutions to the request made.
Egr.Garba Haruna, who disclosed that only about 1/3 of the cost of energy supplied to the State is being paid for by electricity users in the State, also called on the Sokoto State Government and all electricity users to leverage on the opportunity provided by the Meter Asset Providers Regulation to get metered.
He promised to avail the State Government of the technical expertise of the Company towards addressing all its developmental challenges especially as it relates to energy security.