The Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) have revealed that they lost equipment worth over N500 million to electricity equipment vandals in the first ten months of 2017, The Sun reports.
While the head, Technical Services of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Saidu Abdullahi, revealed at the maiden National Power Safety Summit held in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state at the weekend, that his company spent the sum of N147 million to replace vandalised cables and other ancillary equipment in 2017 so far, the Acting Chief Executive of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), Kingsley Achife, disclosed that the DISCO lost more than N100 million to vandals within the first ten months of 2017.
This was as Accrah Tubokeyi Johnbul, who is in charge of Yola Electricity Distribution Company, also said that his organisation lost 35% of its infrastructure to vandalism and Boko Haram activities within the same period. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who also addressed the gathering, tasked the DISCOS to work closely with State Houses of Assembly and the Chief Justices of the States for effective laws and prosecution of vandals at the State High Courts and the Magistrate courts.
Source: Energy Mix Report