By Mohammed Yangida, Lafia The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has appealed to the people of Nasarawa State not to build structures or offices under a high tension cables to avoid deaths and other disasters caused by such acts.
The Executive Director Risk and Compliance, Mr. Collins Chabuka, made the appeal during a one-day sensitization campaign on health, safety and environment by the AEDC on Thursday in Lafia, the State capital.
Mr. Chabuka who also urged residents to refrain from patronizing unlicensed electricians, said AEDC would not take responsibility for disasters caused by consumers’ illegal actions.
According to him the company has raised the tempo of its public awareness campaign on the safe use of electricity by consumers in its franchise area, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states, because of its concern for the safety of all citizens of the states.
“We take it as our prime responsibility to ensure that we educate all customers and stakeholders on the safe handling of electricity because, if electricity is not handled properly, it could cause injury or even death”.
He further explained that AEDC is proactive to avoid injuries or deaths from electrocution especially during illegal practices by electricity users, called on the general public to report all Electrical faults to AEDC.
According to him, the company is determined to drastically reduce the rate of accidents in the electricity supply industry.
He cautioned people to avoid vandalism, encroachment on installations and tampering with such installations.
Mr. Collins also visited the Emir of Lafia who is the chairman Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, His Royal Highness Isa Mustapha Agwai1.
In his response, the Emir who spoke through the Madaki of Lafia Dauda Ishaku thanked the management of AEDC saying that the people of Lafia have noticed an improvement in the quality of power supply and the Services of the company urged them to do more.