Ikeja Electric, Nigeria’s biggest electricity distribution company, has launched its novel Network Safety Monitoring initiative, to further strengthen its commitment towards ensuring the safety of lives and properties.
This initiative allows for round-the-clock electrical asset surveillance across its network by special teams, specifically set up for this purpose.
A team made up of Safety Specialists and Technicians, which is divided into monitoring units, patrol the entire network armed with multimedia gadgets, which allow them to capture damaged assets and imminently dangerous connections in real time.
The data captured, will be relayed to a central Control Centre from where it is passed on to the nearest Undertaking at which point the Network Operations logs the information and ensures resolution within the shortest possible time.
The Head of Corporate Communications of the company, Felix Ofulue, explained that safety in a high risk sector such as the electricity industry cannot be over-emphasized because if the safety standards are compromised, the resultant effect could be disastrous leading to damage to property and even loss of human lives.
“The monitoring team is a roving one, constantly on the move, scouting for unsafe and damaged assets,” he said, while pointing out that managing the assets of the company was integral to the company’s ability to deliver safe supply of energy to homes and businesses.
Ofulue also solicited the support of the public in ensuring that the initiative is a success by urging residents who notice any dangerous asset, such as leaning poles, snapped or low hanging cables to take pictures and send to email@example.com, carefully noting the location of the asset with possible landmarks if necessary.
Customer care lines have been made available, 01-448-3900, 0700-022-5543, 01-7000-250.
Ofulue seized the opportunity to caution against conducting commercial activities under electricity lines, warning of the danger associated with sustained activities underneath cables that may be under stress from strong winds and rains.