The National Electricity Regulatory Commission on has called on Cross River State to stop approving building plans under high tension in other to avoid cases of electrocution.
Vice-Chairman of NERC, Mr. Sanusi Garba, who made the call during the unveiling of Calabar Forum officer of NERC, also charged other states to heed the advice.
Garba, who was represented by the Commissioner in charge of Legal Licensing and Compliance, Mr. Dafe Akpaneye, lamented the loss of lives of 11 football fans in a viewing centre on April 21 and the electrocution of two other persons on October 24 in Calabar.
Akpaneye such complaints could be the falling down of electric poles and cables, breakdown of transformers, transformer theft and power outage in some areas amongst others.
He said, “I want to say that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company is working tirelessly to ensure that this will be the last of such painful event happening in Cross River. We don’t want to lose our people in such a manner again because every single live is valuable to us.
“We have been receiving a lot of complaints from customers and the commission though it wise to set up this Forum office where customers’ complaints can be addressed adequately.
“We urge the state government to ensure that we don’t have people building under the high tension cables and those living under such cables should be advised to relocate.
“If we adhere to adequate designs, these lines will drop and fall on the floor, far away from people’s houses and it will go a long way in minimising the rate of casualty.”
Also speaking, the Managing Director of 4Power Consortium, Mr. Matthew Edevbie, said the Calabar Forum office was established to address the service delivery needs and concerns of electricity consumers in the state.
Edevbie, assured that the forum would strive to resolve all customer complaints accordingly.
In his response, Cross River Governor Ben Ayade said that the state Ministry of Lands and Housing was already addressing the issue of restraining residents from building their houses under high tension cables.
Ayade, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Public Utilities, Mr. Iyadim Iyadim, assured that the state government would continue to collaborate with PHEDC to ensure adequate power supply.