By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has inaugurated a six-man InvestigativeTeam set up to unravel the circumstances surrounding the electrical accident which occurred on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Angwan Biri, a neighbourhood of Minna, the Niger State capital with a mandate to establish the root cause of the incident.
A press statement issued by the Head, Public Relations & Media of the Company, Ahmed Shekarau said a preliminary report on the incident showed that the binding wire of an 11Kv line got loose due to a windy condition and came into contact with the 415V red phase cable, thus sending high voltage which was alleged to have led to the unfortunate death of two people, while four others sustained injuries.
Inaugurating the panel in Abuja, the Director, Risk and Compliance, Engr. Collins Chabuka also used the opportunity to dismiss insinuations that 49 houses were affected in the incident as “false”, and cautioned the media and other members of the public against misinformation.
Engr. Chabuka said the decision of the Company to set up a probe panel was in line with the internal AEDC Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure Guidelines and industry best practice.
“It is AEDC’s internal Health and Safety Policy requirements that all accidents are investigated by independent internal persons with extensive industry background, competence and knowledge. The purpose of the investigation is to highlight the shortcomings that may have led to the incident and also to recommend industry best practice and remedial measures to prevent a recurrence”, he said.
Describing the incident as “most unfortunate”, the AEDC Director, said that the Company had complied with regulatory requirements by officially notifying the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) of the accident.
The AEDC director, while commiserating with the family of the deceased and other members of the Angwan Biri Community, also expressed the company’s sympathy with the injured, three of whom have been treated and discharged from hospital. He assured that AEDC is taking over treatment of the lone victim who is still receiving treatment in hospital.
The investigative panel is being chaired by Engineer Mohammed Ainoko Sule, an experienced Nigerian Electricity Industry professional with over 26 years of experience in Distribution Network Operations, Maintenance and Protection System.
Other members of the team are the Head of Health and Safety, Engineer Dirisu Biodun; the Regional Head, Human Resources, Malam Sani Ibrahim; the Team Lead, Legal Services, Niger Region, Barr. Aminu Ubandoma; the Regional Corporate Communications Officer, Adamu Mohammed and a Health and Safety Officer, Mr. Hisham Kamar. The Panel has two weeks to submit its report.