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FG set to demolish houses under power line

By John Ofikhenua, Abuja on 04/09/2018

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•Government bulldozer demolishing illegal structures under high tension cable
•Government bulldozer demolishing illegal structures under high tension cable

Following the Federal Government policy that prohibits the building of any houses and other structures under the power line, the Nigeria Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA), on Monday insisted that government will definitely remove the structures.

The Managing Director, of the agency, Engr. Peter Ewesor, disclosed this to reporters after declaring open, the induction and capacity building for 70 NEMSA engineers undergoing training at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) in Abuja.

Ewesor, who is also the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, revealed that owing to the implementation of the policy, the 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) have already commenced the disconnection of such structures under the high tension across the country.

According to him, state governments have already inaugurated committees to remove the structure under the power line in their respective states. The disconnection exercise, according to him, is to discourage the dwellers from living under the power line.

Ewesor explained that, owing to the situation report from the DisCos, interestedly, the owners of the structures are complying willingly because they have realized the risk of living under the power line.

The NEMSA boss said that: “Recently the Federal Government has made a policy of ensuring that all the infrastructure and structures built within the right of way are actually removed.

“As a first step of the policy, it is to ensure that all those infrastructure within the right of way, either within or under the power transmission line are first and foremost disconnected. And since after the policy, we have followed up with the DisCos and the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ensure that as the first step, these premises are disconnected to deter them to continue to stay under the line.

“And a lot of state governments are setting up committees to ensure that even beyond the disconnection of the premises from the power supply system, that they are equally going to be removed. And these committees are already working and they are going to ensure that these premises are eventually going to be removed from under the lines.

“But the first thing now is that all those people that build under the line we are disconnecting them, and we are getting the results from the DisCos telling us which areas they have complied. People are happy because they did not know the danger involved in them staying under the line.

“But beyond that we are actually ensuring that it goes further. It is nationwide and the exercise is going on simultaneously within the country because we have the under the 11 DisCos spread across the country.”

He also told the reporters that the rate of electrocution in the country has been on decrease because of the awareness that the agency has created and its technical enforcement in the industry.

The decline in mortality from electrocution is still not noticeable because people are still counting previous casualties, he said.

On meter, he said that the agency has three-meter test stations in Kaduna, Oshodi and Port Harcourt that are presently being remodeled to catch up with modern technology.

Ewesor noted that in order to cope with the influx of meters that would flood the industry as a result of the Meter Asset Provider regulation of the Federal Government, “we are already creating a meter testing station in Enugu, which is going to be completed by the end of this year. And we expect that first quarter of next year it will kick into operation. And we are equally starting the one in Kano to ensure we capture all the meters coming into the country.”

He explained that the agency carries three types of test on the meters to ensure they are the right type, quality and that their accuracy are correct.

Asked whether he would advise customers to buy the local or imported meters, the Chief Executive Officer, said the former should be preferable because of the easy access to their manufacturers and spare parts.

Ewesor, who said that wooden electricity poles are no longer well treated, also noted that the concrete types are preferable.

Sourced from The Nation report



Source News Express

Posted 04/09/2018 05:13:22 AM





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