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 such supply.
In a statement on Friday, the Head, Corporate Communications of the company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said 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.
Mr 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 the peaceful and harmonious relationship.
He said 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.