FG scolds Kano Disco for ‘dan­ger’ ca­bles, net­works

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Man­age­ment Ser­vices Agency (NEMSA) is scold­ing the Kano Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (KEDCO) for what it de­scribed as neg­li­gence of elec­tric­ity ca­bles and power lines in its net­work, say­ing it’s a dan­ger in wait­ing.

The Chief Elec­tri­cal In­spec­tor of the Fed­er­a­tion and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Agency, Engr. Pe­ter Ewe­sor, who in­spected some elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions in Kano on Thurs­day al­leged the Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany (Disco) had sub­stan­dard power sup­ply fa­cil­i­ties while shun­ning main­te­nance of life-threat­en­ing in­stal­la­tions.

Al­though Ewe­sor blamed the Disco’s con­trac­tors for poor in­stal­la­tions, he di­rected the KEDCO to im­me­di­ately rec­tify them to fore­stall re­peated in­ci­dences of elec­tro­cu­tion as had hap­pened in sev­eral parts of Lagos re­cently.

“We have seen some lines hang­ing dan­ger­ously and some of them are within the reach of per­sons. We have also iden­ti­fied some poles car­ry­ing dif­fer­ent lines and trees en­croach­ing elec­tric­ity ca­bles which can elec­tro­cute peo­ple,” Ewe­sor said.

He urged the power firm to rise up to its re­spon­si­bil­ity, say­ing, “We want KEDCO to take charge and ad­dress th­ese anom­alies. Th­ese are un­avoid­able prob­lems but when you act promptly, you can save the sit­u­a­tion.”

The chief in­spec­tor, who in­dicted the many Dis­cos sup­ply­ing power in the na­tion on the alarm­ing rate of elec­tro­cu­tion, main­tained that NEMSA would be forced to up­hold in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice in in­stalling elec­tri­cal equip­ment.

“Dis­cos should note that ap­pro­pri­ate en­force­ment or­ders and sanc­tions will be meted out for non­com­pli­ance,” he warned.

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