Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company emphasized the need for full compliance with the health, safety and environment code by electricity users and the service providers. This came up considering the growing and alarming rate of electrical accidents across the country.
Despite the fact that Kaduna Electric recorded the least amount of such accidents in the last two year, the company still took it as their responsibility. According to the Team Lead (Media and Community Relations) of the Company, Idris Muhammad, this was because the Company attaches high value to the safety of lives and public as well as private assets.
“It is one the mandatory operational requirement of our Company that all necessary safety measures must be observed before, during and after every operation, maintenance or construction work and the HSE unit must certify every work safe before it is carried-out”, he contended.
He pointed out that a large percentage of electrical accidents and electrocutions were as a result of negligence and disregard for basic safety measures and also tampering of electricity facilities by unauthorised and untrained person.
He also stated that players in the Nigerian electricity industry should take it as their responsibility to encourage and promote the culture of safe working environment and safe working attitude, and called for appropriate sanction for contravention of any aspect of the safety code.
He added that, “Urban development authorities and environmental regulatory agencies should always ensure that the appropriate safe distance otherwise known as right of way are maintained to prevent people from erecting structures under power lines and infractions to the safety code should be penalized”
“Another way of reducing electrical accidents is that the Standard Organisation of Nigeria in particular must ensure that all electrical equipment produced within the country or imported pass the needed quality assurance tests”