The Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) has pleaded with residents of its franchise areas to help by joining in the fight against growing vandalism of power supply facilities.
This plea was made by the Senior Corporate Communication Officer of YEDC, Mr Kingsley Nkemneme on Friday in an interview. He said about 10 transformers had been vandalised over the past two months.
“Our properties worth millions of naira were vandalised by insurgents, which we are trying to replace only to be faced with this raising problem of vandals.”
He also appreciated the people of Mijili community in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa who assisted in arresting a vandal, and urged other communities to emulate them.
“We want to urge the public to be active participants in helping us to serve them better.
“Whoever they saw around our facility who claimed to be our staff must tender genuine ID card of YEDC.
“The public need to know that while we suffer economic losses due to activities of vandals, which is pure economic sabotage, they (public) experience hardship due to lack of power supply caused by the vandals,” he said.
Nkemneme also took the opportunity to assure the people that the company is set to acquire 130,000 metres under its first phase of metering for the year. He also said that the company had recently installed 240 single-phase high voltage transformers to boost power supply in the zone.