The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has announced that it is targeting a zero percent (0%) electrical accident occurrence this year. The Managing Director, Engr Ernest Mupwaya made this known while speaking at the commencement of its health and safety sensitisation programme yesterday. the Managing Director, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, said it became most imperative to sensitise customers adequately given the previous statistics of electrical accidents forestall such occurrences.
He explained that considering the cases of electrocution that the company was associated with last year, it has become necessary to sensitise customers adequately on safety so as to prevent future occurrences.
These efforts towards sensitisation will hopefully help the company retain its place as the Most Safe Network according to the award it recieved from Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), in November 2016.
At Mpape, a suburb in Abuja, the firm’s Director, Risk and Compliance, Engr. Collins Chabuka, said AEDC is engaging communities on best safety practices because earlier reports show that 69% of the fatalities resulting from electrical accidents in 2016 under its network pointed to third party (customers) poor handling of electricity.
He urged customers to desist from patronising illegal and unauthorised electricians describing them as ‘NEPA 2’ who are untrained for the job while also advising house owners to ensure they earth their buildings in order to absorb power in the event of a power surge in the network.
On vandalism, AEDC warned customers to help in identifying suspects while warning of the consequences of bypassing energy or stealing electricity.
“If AEDC finds out that this is what you have done, we will prosecute you immediately. It is either you pay a huge fine or go to jail after all court processes,” Chabuka warned.