Eko Disco de­cry los­ing N50m to van­dals monthly

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Sun­day Michael Ogwu, La­gos

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.

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