FG scolds Kano Disco for ‘danger’ cables, networks
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.