Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has called on Lagosians to desist from building structures on electricity cables.
Managing Director of EKEDC, Dr. Tinuade Sanda, during a strategic engagement with customers in Victoria Island, said the presence of weak and old cables in the network was due to construction of buildings on such cables, which has made it difficult to carry out repairs.
Sanda, who was represented by the Chief Commercial Officer, Mrs Rekhiat Momoh, assured that EKEDC is devising alternative means to mitigate the challenge.
Customers at the meeting had raised issues of old and overloaded distribution infrastructure affecting supply in their communities. Many residents from Lagos Island complained about the faults as a result of weak underground cables and overloaded transformers and thus requested solutions from the DisCo.
On the issue of overloaded transformer, Sanda assured the customers that the company, as part of its continuous improvements’ projects, is working on providing relief distribution transformers to many areas under the Islands District.
The Divisional Crime Officer of Ikoyi Police Divisional Headquarters, Mr. Ishola Olaitan, explained to customers at the forum that the spate of vandalism in Ikoyi and Lagos Island also contributes to the damage of cables.
He called on the customers to aid the Police Force and EKEDC in curbing the crime by reporting to the Police or EKEDC via its whistleblower platforms.
General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Godwin Idemudia, said the “Island District is strategic to our business, hence the importance of the engagement forum to help the management to identify areas of improving power supply to the customers.”