The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has cautioned against attacks on workers of electricity distribution companies on assignment.
The commission, which expressed concern over the increasing spate of attacks on the workers, appealed to the Police Force and other security agencies to ensure the safety of staff of the electricity distribution companies who are carrying out their legitimate duties.
It said, “A recent incident is the attack on staff of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC).
“Similar incidence has been reported by another licensee; the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, amongst others. This development is disturbing as it sends wrong signals to private investors who may be wary of unfriendly investment environment at a time we are encouraging both local and foreign investors to invest in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).”
The commission enjoined electricity customers to make use of its three level complaints redress mechanism always.
It however appealed to the Rivers State Police Command to investigate the allegation of attacks meted out on the staff of PHEDC at the Police Quarters in Igwuruta and take necessary actions to bring the perpetrators to book as well as forestall a repeat of such attacks.