The public have been advised to be wary of electricity hazards and shun risky behaviours that could put lives and properties in dilemma.
Ahiazu Mbasie LGA Director of Administration and General Services (DAGS), Comrade Alex Megwa gave the advice in his opening remarks at a 1-day public safety awareness campaign by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) held in the LG Council Headquarters, Afor Oru.
He noted that the campaign was apt and emphasized the essence of regular public enlightenment program to educate those in the habit of toying and tampering with electricity connections of the dangers inherent.
The LG DAGS warned those who build, sell, load vehicles and plant trees under or close to power lines to desist and avoid electrocution or pay back with their lives. Comrade Megwa, represented by the LGA Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Nze Gideo Nwoko frowned at the vandalization of public facilities, particularly electricity installations and urged EDDC to be proactive in prosecuting vandals to serve as deterrent to other miscreants. Speaking on the essence of safety consciousness in handling electricity, the Head, Health Safety and Environment, EEDC Headquarters, Enugu, Mr. Francis Iwu regretted that faulty use of electricity has sent many to untimely grave and enjoined the public to eschew carelessness to avert such ugly incident.
He harped on the right of the way when erecting structures and warned against touching or stepping on naked wires, hosting flags, installing TV antenna and clothes-line near power lines and trading or working around EEDC distribution substations (Transformers), remarking that the inventor of electricity, Michael Friday died of electricity.
Mr. Iwu admonished against urinating on feeder cables and distribution transformers, pointing out that such awkward behavour could result to electrocution or death. He frowned against use of boiler and faulty electrical gadgets, calling on parents to resist risky and hazardous acts before children and ensure that children and young adults always put on slippers at home and not play around barefooted.
On complains from Comrade Ana-Cletus Onyewuchi of Nnarambia, Mr. Edward Nwokocha of Akabor Ihenwenworie and Mr. O.C. Oparah of Amuzi/Ihenweorie on epileptic power supply, indiscriminate electricity disconnections and high bills even in perennial power outage, the Senior Manager Operation and Maintenance EDDC Mbaise District, Engr. Oko Otuu attributed the epileptic power to poor quality electricity materials and engagement of quacks by communities to run their rural electricity lines.
He reiterated the company’s commitment to serve the public diligently and appealed that complains on illegal electricity connections, low power supply and electricity surge, electrocution and fire out break be reported promptly for immediate intervention on EEDC Customer Care Number: 09021001342. Engr. Oko stated that if a consumer is out of supply for one or two months, he will be on zero bill but that does not mean that previous arrears would be expunged from his/her account. Meanwhile, the Head, Health Safely and Environment EEDC Headquarters, Enugu has assured that an injection sub Power Station would be put in place soon to update electricity facilities and power supply.
He also promised that before long, Maximum Demand and Prepaid meters (Smart Meters) would be supplied to all households and consumers would consume as they pay. The public safety awareness campaign which attracted Mbaise Unit Commander, Mr. Olazi Madukwe, represented by the Assistant Route Commander (ARC) Mr. Francis Ani had the Health Safety and Environment, EEDC Imo State, Mr. Chukwuezi Chukwuemeka, the Communication Officer, EEDC Imo State, Miss Adora Emehel, the Billing Manager EEDC Mbaise District Imo State, Mr. Bob Agomoh and the Human Resource Manager, Mbaise District EEDC Imo State, Mr. Chinedu Nani.