As the rain begin to hit its peak volume and intensity this period, it has become expedient that power firms begin to beef up their installations to withstand the pressure of the rains to come.
It is in this wise that the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed power firms operating across the country to fix all faulty installations within their various franchised areas in order to avert disaster as the rainy season sets in.
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Sequel to the recent rainstorm disaster on major electrical installations in port-harcourt, the regulator on Friday in Abuja said it would not accept claims of natural disaster from power firms, adding that appropriate sanctions would be applied if any electricity company failed to heed the directive.
The commission, in a statement, said, “This seasonal natural disruptions occasioned by the rainy season have further imposed on the industry operators additional responsibilities to operate in strict compliance with the terms and conditions of their licences and health and safety standards in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry”.
“Electricity generation, transmission and distribution companies are by this statement reminded of their responsibilities to be on the alert and clear faults along their lines and installations as and when due, as claims of natural disaster will not serve as a tenable defence to avert sanctions in instances of accidents.”
NERC stated that the directive was in line with its mandate of ensuring that electricity was produced and consumed in strict observance of the industry’s health and safety standards, considering the impact of rainstorms on electricity installations, especially with the onset of the rainy season.
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The regulator also advised power users to inform the electricity distribution companies of faulty installations in their respective locations so as to avert electrocution.
“Consumers of electricity are also advised by this statement to report damaged and vandalised electric installations at the nearest service or business units of their electricity distribution companies to avert loss of lives and property,” NERC stated.