The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), says it has gone far with enumeration of customers as part of efforts towards disconnecting all structures under high tension in the four states of its operations.
PHED’s Corporate Communications Officer, Mr John Onyi, disclosed this yesterday, in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
“Enumerators have gone far with it in the four states and we are waiting for compilations”, he said.
Onyi called on customers to cooperate with the enumerators as the initiative is for the safety and good interest of the customers.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) ordered all distribution companies across the nation to disconnect supplies to all structures, buildings and premises directly under overhead power lines.
The directive which was signed by the Chief Electrical Inspector of the federation, Engr. Peter Ewesor, said the directive became imperative to avert electricity accident such as the one in Nyangasang in Cross River State which led to loss of lives.
The letter said, “you are to immediately liaise with the state governments, Local government areas, law enforcement agencies and any other relevant Ministries, Departmenta and Agenciesd (MDA’s) in your areas of operation with respect to carrying out this exercise to disconnect power supply, in the shortest possible time, to all structures/buildings/premises constructed under overhead power lines or within statutory right-of-way of the power line”.
The corporate affairs officer, however, revealed that in future, anybody erecting building or any structure close to the power line must adhere strictly to the allowable distance.