The management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has vowed to order the disconnection of electricity from the premises of any church or mosque that fails to pay for electricity like every other user within its franchise states of Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.
According to a statement by its Corporate Communications Head, AbdulAzeez Abdullahi, the company said it would no longer condone a situation where churches and mosques felt they were exempted from paying electricity bills like other users.
Kaduna Electric said that the clarification had become necessary to correct erroneous impressions being held in some quarters that churches, mosques and other faith-based institutions are exempted from paying electricity bills which he added has lately resulted in unnecessary bickering and heightening of ethno-religious tension.
The statement read in part, “Management of Kaduna Electric wishes to once again draw the attention of religious leaders (Imans and Pastors), their faithful and the entire citizens in its franchise that places of worship –Mosques, Churches and other religious institutions are obligated like other electricity users to pay their electricity bills every month.
“This erroneous position being held by some people is far from the position of the law and reality of the situation.
“We wish to make it clear that as a Distribution Company, we have an obligation to remit to the market, the naira equivalent of the energy supplied to us every month.
“Consequently, we urge all faith-based organizations and institutions to ensure that their electricity bills are settled as at when due to avoid disconnection of such supply. This is the only way we can guaranteed sustainability and efficiency in service delivery.”
Kaduna Electric appealed to the leadership of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States to educate their followers in this regard to foster peaceful and harmonious relationship.