AEDC Raises Panel on Niger Electrical Accident

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The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has raised a six-man investigative team to investigate the electrical accident, which happened in Angwan Biri, a neighbourhood of Minna, the Niger State capital.

A statement by the Head, Public Relations and Media, Ahmed Shekarau, said a preliminary report showed that the binding wire of an 11kv line got loose due to a windy condition, and came in contact with the 415V red phase cable, thus sending high voltage.

Two persons died in the accident and four others sustained injuries.

Director, Risk and Compliance Collins Chabuka, who inaugurated the panel yesterday, dismissed insinuations. He cautioned the media and the public against misinformation.

His words: “It is AEDC’s internal health and safety policy requirements that all accidents are investigated by independent internal persons with extensive industry background, competence and knowledge. The purpose of the investigation is to highlight the shortcomings that may have led to the incident and recommend industry best practice and remedial measures to prevent a recurrence.

Chabuka described the incident as “most unfortunate”, saying the company complied with regulatory requirements by officially notifying the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) of the accident.

He commiserated with the family of the deceased, the Angwan Biri community, and the injured.

The investigative panel comprises Mohammed Ainoko Sule (chairman); Dirisu Biodun; Sani Ibrahim; Aminu Ubandoma; Adamu Mohammed and Mr. Hisham Kamar. It has two weeks to submit its report.

The Nation

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