Eko Disco decry losing N50m to vandals monthly
EKo Electricity Distribution Company has disclosed that over N50 million is been lost to electricity equipments vandalism within its network monthly.
Mr Oladele Amoda, the Chief Executive Officer, EKo Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDP) made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos against the backdrop of continuous power outage within its network.
Amoda said the increase in equipment vandalism within its operations, has forced the company to spend money meant for other electricity development projects.
He said: “electricity materials, such as cables and wires, among others, had either been stolen or vandalised within the its operations, with the recent one taking place in Apapa, Mushin, Ikoyi Ajegunle and Festac area of Lagos State.
According to him, equipment such as 300KVA and 500KVA were vandalised in Eko Disco.
Amoda said: “Vandalism of electricity installations in the areas has become a problem. Within the past four months, the unit has recorded further acts of vandalism of nine transformer substations.
“Most time the vandals carted away eight metres of 150mm2x4 core cable, cable sockets and ferrules.”
The chief executive noted that the company has raised several alarm over the increased rate of vandalism of its equipments in recent time, called for the review of existing laws on vandalism of electricity equipment and other public facilities and their replacement with laws that would stipulate stiffer penalties against culprits.