Federal Government has said it would sanction any distribution company that engages in installation of substandard electricity equipment in its operations.
Chairman of the Federal Government Investigative Panel on the death of Miss Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-level student of the University of Lagos, Mr Peter Ewesor said this yesterday in Lagos.
According to reports, Anekwe was on September 8 electrocuted by a high voltage cable that snapped off the pole in the campus.
Ewesor, who is also the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA, while speaking with newsmen said that enforcement orders and possible sanctions will be meted out for non-compliance, adding that the recommendations of all previous and future monitoring reports sent to them by NEMSA field electrical inspectors nationwide will be utilised.
The chairman accused the utility companies of using sub standard materials, unprofessional practices, negligence and poor response to inherent problems in their networks.
While assuring that NEMSA would ensure that all distribution companies uphold the international best practices in the installation of electricity equipment nationwide, Ewesor added that electricity distribution companies in the country had been indicted over the recent alarming rate of electrical accidents and electrocutions nationwide.
He said that electrical accidents and electrocution had become recurring incident in the industry.
According to him, electrocutions occur in some areas as a result of poor state of the distribution companies’ network and negligence on the part of the companies.
“This spate of electrical accidents and electrocutions leading to unwarranted loss of lives and property as well as down time of the supply to consumers nationwide is unacceptable, condemnable and reproachable,” he said.
Ewesor identified some of the problems that could lead to electrical accidents as allowing networks to pass dangerously over and in between buildings, structures and market places without safety clearances.
Others include lack of regular monitoring and evaluation of networks for routine and preventive maintenance purposes by the distribution companies and the use of substandard or adulterated materials like undersize.
Ewesor further added that the Onike 11KV feeder line that passed through the university was in a state of disrepair and poorly maintained, adding that with the increasing human traffic at the University of Lagos, NEMSA has directed that the overhead Onike 11KV feeder line should be re-routed underground to avoid future incidence.

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