Kaduna – The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has called on palaces of worship, to pay their electricity bills like other users.
The Head, Corporate Communications Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.
Abdullahi said: “The Management of Kaduna Electric wishes to once again draw the attention of religious leaders, Imans and Pastors, their faithful 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 Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States, to educate their followers in this regard in the interest of peaceful and harmonious relationship.
According to the statement, the clarification is necessary in the wake of erroneous impression being held in some quarters that Mosques, Churches and other faith-based institutions are exempted from paying electricity bill.
He said lately, it often resulted in unnecessary bickering and heightening of ethno-religious 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.