By Jacob Ajakaiye, in Kano
The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has stepped up its corporate social responsibility (CRS) with the conclusion of plans to establish women literacy centres (WLC) in 100 communities within its operational area of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states.
A press statement issued by Mohammed Kandi, spokesperson of the company, and made available to business.a.m., said the decision followed the successful graduation of sixty pioneer students of the scheme, in early February, in Dausayi village, Gezawa Local Government area, Kano state.
Kandi disclosed that the company has appointed a lead consultant, Tata Power DDL India, under the management of Ravindra Joshi that has successfully conducted the pilot project in Dausayi.
According to him, the company has now extended the project to Dankunkuru and Dausara communities in Ungogo Local Government Area in Kano State, pointing out it targets one hundred more communities in 2019, insisting that the outcome of the first literacy initiative was impressive.
“Our aim of establishing the WLCs is to provide basic education for women who are outright illiterates or semi-literate and have no idea about KEDCO services towards improving their standard of living. In the long term make them KEDCO ambassadors that can champion swift payment of electricity bills in the respective communities,” he stated.
It would be recalled that, Jamil Isyaku Gwamna, managing director of the company launched the WLC initiative in August last year, as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with a view to consolidating the existing relationship with communities in KEDCO franchise areas, for optimum services.