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Kaduna Electric fires 10 for alleged fraud, indiscipline

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The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company says it has fired 10 members of staff for cases of alleged fraud and indiscipline.

The Company’s head of Corporate Communication, Mr Abdulazzez Abdullahi, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kaduna.

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Abdullahi said, “In a bid to instill discipline and curb fraudulent practices among its workforce, some members of staff of Kaduna Electric have been relieved of their appointments.

“The staff had their appointments terminated for various acts of fraud and gross indiscipline.

“The affected staff were served dismissal letters recently after they had appeared before the company’s Disciplinary Committee to defend themselves over the allegations proffered against them.

“The Committee found them in breach of the company’s Conditions of Service rules, hence their dismissal,” Abdullahi said.

According to Abdullahi, the management took the decision to lay off the staff in order to send a signal to other staff that such unscrupulous behaviour that tarnishes the company’s reputation is no longer tolerable.

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Meanwhile, the company said it would reflect the new 7. 5 per cent Value Added Tax on customers’ electricity bills from February 1.

Abdullahi, in a separate statement on Wednesday in Kaduna, said, “The Management of Kaduna Electric wishes to inform its esteemed customers that due to the federal government’s new Value Added Tax increase from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent, customers will notice a slight increment in the VAT component of their electricity bills.

“The VAT increase will also reflect on the vended token for metered customers.

“The increment reflecting the new VAT rate will commence from the electricity bills for the month of February 2020 which will be distributed in March 2020.

“As announced by the Federal Government, the VAT increase takes effect from February 1, 2020,” Abdullahi said.

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