In an attempt to ensure safe usage of electricity within the franchise states of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN) and AEDC are partnering to curb quacks and fake electrical installations in the premises of customers as well as supply cables.
The national coordinator of LECAN, Chief Vitus Ofoedum during the sensitization campaign at Gudu market in Abuja on Wednesday stated;
“we should always insist on seeing the license of electricians before giving them any installation job, because if there is a fault in the future, you can trace a licensed contractor but may be hard to trace a quack.”
Speaking on the same sensitization campaign, the LECAN chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim urged house owners and tenants to report quacks to them and relevant agencies for immediate sanctions, he also mentioned that substandard materials are the major cause of electrical and fire accidents, and this campaign is to ensure that sellers of electrical installations do not bring in substandard materials to the market, as these substandard materials could easily be detected by licensed contractors, and quacks may not be able to do so.
Chairman of the Gudu market, Mr Henry Nnamadi stated emphatically that the campaign was to;
“enlighten us so that we will not buy fake and substandard products, because it will kill both the buyer and the seller since it spoils our market.”
Mrs Chioma Anauku who represented the state coordinator, FCT office of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) said electrical products have been a top commodity having substandard products in Nigeria. The licensed contractors were duly urged by the AEDC regional manager for FCT south, Mr Mohammed Abdulmutalib to ensure that electricity wiring meet up to the firm’s standards and specifications to avoid accidents.