24 May 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has been adjudged the best in safety consciousness among the power distribution companies, for the month of May 2018.
This was contained in a safety ranking released by the Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency, NEMSA, a body responsible for maintaining standards in the electricity industry.
In the safety chart, PHED, scored 100 percent in the parameters set by NEMSA to clinch the position which includes resolution of bad networks, number of injuries, deaths (both staff and third party) and reporting compliance within the period under review.
Disclosing the feat to the management and staff of the company in a safety meeting at its head office in Port Harcourt, the Acting Chief Executive Officer, PHED, Mr. Syed Taha, expressed happiness over the result pointing out the effort made by employees in keeping to a safe working environment.
Taha, who was visibly excited reminded the staff to adhere strictly to safety rules noting that safety should not be comprised no matter the urgency of the job.
“Safety is our top priority at PHED, not only because we care about our employees, but because we want to provide a safe working environment for our employees and customers.
“We have worked effortlessly to redeem our image following the April 2017 viewing centre incident at Calabar, and with your collaboration, we have done so in a safe manner.
“Therefore, it is with great pleasure I inform you of the great improvement in our HSE performance since January 2018. As at today, PHED has officially reclaimed its enviable position as number one safe Disco in Nigeria, according to NEMSA ranking as published.
”Again, this was only possible with your collaboration and strict adherence to top safety rules and regulation. I challenge you to keep this feat until the end of the year and make safety your responsibility not just in our various offices, but also in our homes. Let’s make safety a part of our DNA,” Taha urged.
The PHED boss, however, reminded members of the public on the dangers and implications of erecting or trading under the high tensions and urged them to always obey the safety rules.