28 November 2012

Nigeria: PHCN Warns Against Erection of Structures Under High Tension Cables

The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Omu-Aran District, on Wednesday decried the continued erection of structures under its high tension cables.

Mr Moses Oyewole, PHCN District Manager in the area, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran that such a practice could lead to calamity.

"We have severally warned the people on the dangers inherent in putting up structures under high tension cables but the people seem to be unyielding.

"Such a practice is suicidal and those under such structures are at a great risk of electric shock and imminent death.

"PHCN management should not be blamed or held responsible for any unpredictable circumstances that may befall such occupants," Oyewole said.

He said that the practice was common in rural settlements as well as the newly designated Government Reservation Areas (GRAs) in the state.

He urged traditional rulers and development associations to educate the people on the need to abide by the rules guiding erection of structures.

Oyewole also said that the company had reduced the incessant vandalism of its cables through the efforts of law enforcement agencies.

He said that the district was yet to receive free pre-paid metres from the government, adding that those who paid for the item within the district had received theirs.

Oyewole attributed the regular supply of electricity in the district to the prompt supply of materials by PHCN's Ibadan zonal office.

He urged residents to report suspicious movements within PHCN installations to the appropriate quarters.

NAN reports that the district comprises of Ekiti, Oyun, Isin, Offa, Oke-Ero, Ifelodun and Irepodun local government areas of the state. (NAN)

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