24 August 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — Kaduna Electric has said it lost over N50 million worth of equipment and installations to activities of vandals across its franchise states between January and June, this year.
According to the company, over 150 attacks were carried out by the vandals on its facilities within the period.
A statement signed by the company’s Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said vandalism of its equipment and installations was a serious set-back to the company’s efforts at providing steady and qualitative power to its customers.
The statement said equipment ranging from upriser cables, cables from transformer to feeder pillar, aluminum conductors, gang isolators and transformer oil were lost to the vandals.
It noted that in Kaduna State, equipment worth over N40 million were lost in various acts of vandalism with Barnawa and Makera Area offices being the worst hit.
While in Sokoto, items worth about N7 million were lost to vandals within the period under review, the sum of two million five hundred and twenty seven thousand five hundred naira worth of equipment were lost in Zamfara State. Kebbi recorded the least cases of vandalism with about four hundred and three thousand naira worth of equipment lost.
Abdullahi called on security agencies to continue to lend support to the company’s fight against the miscreants and urged the speedy prosecution of those that have been caught over the act to serve as deterrence to others.
He also urged all customers of the company to be vigilant and protect power equipment in their neighborhoods to avoid unnecessary interruptions in power supply due to activities of some selfish and misguided elements.
He also called on them to ensure prompt and timely settlement of their electricity bills, stating that “it is the only way to guarantee necessary investment in infrastructural development and improvement in service delivery”.