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People of Kebbi State have been called upon to avail themselves of power franchise arrangements about to commence in the state by the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company soon.

Speaking at the Stakeholders meeting with Local Government Councils Chairmen in Birnin Kebbi, the Managing Director of Kaduna Electric, Engr Garba Haruna represented by Engr Murtala Bello said the franchise process is aimed at injecting efficiency, enhancement of power stability, ensuring prompt payments of bills as well as community participation in power management.

Engr Murtala Bello regrets that part of the Company’s shortcomings include inability to provide efficient manpower capable of manning the length and breadth of its states of franchise which is the largest in the Country. He however believed that the franchise arrangement will provide lasting solutions to the lingering power problems as it will ensure stability, profitability and efficient service delivery.

He called for mutually beneficial collaboration to enable the new strategy works well in the best interest of the stakeholders and the consuming public.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to Kebbi State Governor on Political Matters, Electricity and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alh Yusuf Haruna Rasheed emphasize that all hands must be on deck to sustain the success behind power stability in the State, explaining that deliberate measures taken by the Executive Governor in that direction remained unparalleled throughout the Country therefore should not be allowed to be in vein.

Alh Yusuf Haruna said strategies are being worked out to ensure that the collaboration between Kaduna Electric and Halisa Engineering Services works efficiently in order to complement the commitment of the Kebbi State Government in the electricity sector for the common good of the Kebbi people.

The Councils Chairmen on their part welcomed the idea and promised to mobilise all concerned individuals and groups from their respective areas to key into the new arrangement with a view to attaining power stability in their respective areas.

At the end of the meeting, there was unanimous concurrence on the need to convene stakeholders fora in all the local Government Areas to enlighten the public on energy saving measures, issues around the process of franchise and the need for prompt payments of bills as prerequisites for power stability in their respective Areas.

Report from Abubakar Kalgo.
Halisa Media Centre.

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