The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, has said that places of religious worship must pay their electricity bills like any other users, in order to avoid disconnection of power supply.
In a statement, the Head, Corporate Communications of the company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, disclosed that the position became necessary, in view of the erroneous impression that Mosques, Churches, and other faith-based Institutions, are exempted from paying the electricity bill.
Abdullahi said: “The Management of Kaduna Electric, wishes to once again draw the attention of religious Leaders, Imans, and Pastors, their faithfuls and the entire citizens, that places of worship, Mosques and Churches, and other religious Institutions, are obligated like other electricity users to pay their electricity bills every month.”
The company also appealed to the Leadership of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, and the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara States, to educate their followers in this regard, in the interest of the peaceful and harmonious relationship.
He said that lately, it often resulted in unnecessary bickering and heightening of ethnoreligious tension.
“We wish to make it clear that as a Distribution Company, we have an obligation to remit the Naira equivalent of the energy supplied to us every month.
The company urged all faith-based Organisations and Institutions, to ensure that their electricity bills are settled as at when due, to avoid disconnection of such supply, adding that, it is the only way we can guarantee sustainability and efficiency in service delivery.
It also assured all valued customers and other stakeholders alike, of their unwavering commitment to excellent service.