BY ISAIAH BENJAMI Kaduna
The management of Kaduna Electric, the operator of Kaduna Electric Distribution Company, has sought the intervention of states government in the company’s operational jurisdiction to curb the menace of erection of structures under power line and encroachment on right of way in order to avert electrical accidents reminiscent of the recent electrocution of football fans in Calabar.
In letters of appeal to the governors of Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states dated 27th April 2017, the managing director/Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Garba Haruna stated that investigation carried out by the company “revealed that people are still erecting new structures under high tension lines,” describing the development “as counterproductive to the company’s renewed efforts in ensuring safe and reliable supply of electric power to the customers.”
According to him, the call on the governors to ensure full compliance with all safety codes and observance of safe distance from energized electrical lines as outlined by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission became imperative due to the high premium the company attaches to the safety of lives and valuable assets as well as mitigate against the dangers associated with such unwholesome attitudes.
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