27 October 2015, Lagos – As part of the measures to replace obsolete facilities and curb accidents in its network, Eko Electricity Distribution Company is set to remove its overhead feeder lines in public places and re-route them underground
The company also said it had spent over $9.7 millionto procure about 57, 500 smart meters for customers.
Briefing journalists at the company’s quarterly press conference, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, MrOladeleAmoda, said replacement of all obsolete cables and re-routing of feeder
lines within its network became necessary toguard against frequent cable damage and loss of lives through accidents and activities of vandals.
Amoda said as the company proceeded with its commitment to optimal servicedelivery to customers, it is sad to see some unfortunate incidentsthat appeared to stain the gains of the company’s efforts.
Citing the recent death of 300-level student of the University of Lagos, Miss Juliana Anekwe, who was recently electrocuted on the campus, when a live wire fell on her, Amoda noted that “One of such incidents is the recent electrocution in Unilag in whichthe precious life of a young and promising Nigerian was lost.As an organisation with a very high premium on human lives, we areso pained and grieved by this incident and we have taken measures toprevent occurrence”.
Amoda further stated that the snapped overhead line that led to loss of life was part of theobsolete network inherited from PHCN, adding that the incident was more painfulto Eko Disco.
“The line was already slated for conversion to underground cables aspart of our network upgrade project when the incident occurred,” Amoda added.
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