The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) says it has discovered one of the major reasons militating against the payment of electricity bills and the huge accumulated debts that are not always serviced or cleared.
It said this is a case of ‘debt evasion’ and not a good development for any organization with a huge financial demand to both staff and other power distribution stakeholders within franchise areas and beyond.
This was contained in a statement forwarded to Solacebase by KEDCO, Head, Corporate Communications Ibrahim Sani Shawai on Tuesday.
The statement reads: “ There is an observation regarding change of tenancy and occupancy where customer needs massive sensitization through various customer awareness platforms as a lot of accumulated outstanding debt on the premise remains unsettled by the previous occupier since many customers like tenants change /vacate the houses/Flats/Premises without clearing the outstanding Electricity bills to KEDCO.
According to the statement, “This accumulates and increases the outstanding debt regularly every month. The new occupant who comes and takes the ownership of the house remains unaware of the realities.
“It is in this regard that the management seeks to inform the general public to as a matter of responsibility, verify through inquiries from KEDCO any possibility of previous outstanding arrears on the premise before he/she takes the occupancy of the premise.
It noted that the management decries the result of non-verification of occupancy status whereby the outstanding arrears were never paid by the previous and the current occupants and KEDCO keep changing the name of the customer in the database without realizing the past outstanding arrears.
The statement described it as an “evasion” of debt as neither the old tenants nor the new tenants pay the outstanding debts.
” The debts is really not good for business as it is neither serving as a catalyst for growth nor financial strength.
“ If the consumers are alert and conscious about this process, a new tenant/ buyer would always try to verify the outstanding electricity bills from KEDCO office on the captioned premise before buying/taking the house on the tenancy. This will make sure that the old occupant shall clear all the dues to KEDCO before making any deal for selling the premise or giving it on rent to the new occupier (s).
The management herewith appeals to landlords to incorporate the idea of always checking bills to ensure that their occupants do not pile huge electricity bills that may cause issues for new occupants.