KEDCO Reassures Customers of Uninterrupted Service in Response to TCN Suspension
The management’s attention has been drawn to a publication that the management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has issued suspension and disconnection orders to Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) from the electricity market.
The management of KEDCO herewith put in its right perspectives, the true state of events.
If truly TCN has taken this action then it is in error and misguided.
TCN issued KEDCO with notice of suspension, which KEDCO considered inappropriate and therefore requested for hearing before the Market Operator under the Market Rules.
The Market Operator scheduled the hearing for Friday July 19, 2019.
Unfortunately KEDCO received the letter on the same Friday and was unable to attend. Under the Market Rules if a Participant requests for hearing the Market Operator must within 15 Business Days offer the Participant reasonable opportunity to show cause why the action cannot be taken against it.
Therefore, KEDCO is still within time to show cause and no reasonable opportunity has been given to it by the Market Operator, hence the purported action cannot and should not stand.
With this publication the Market Operator is resorting to self help and intimidation.
Moreover KEDCO has written a petition to the Stakeholder Advisory Panel a body set up to administer the Market rules jointly with Market Operator on the action of the Market Operator which is inimical to both KEDCO’S operations and the industry.
We wish to state categorically that KEDCO is a law abiding organisation as we have adhered to all market condition and market participation agreements and will continue to honour all laid down agreements by the regulators.
We hereby see this act of suspension as an action that has not followed due process, cannot stand and a disservice to KEDCO, a major distribution company that has contributed to the growth and development of the economy of northern Nigeria.
We therefore call on our numerous customers not to panic as the power supply will continue as there is no cause for alarm.
Ibrahim Sani Shawai
Head, Corporate Communications, KEDCO