The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday directed power firms operating across the country to fix all faulty installations in their various areas of operation in order to avert disaster as the rainy season sets in.
NERC said it would not accept claims of natural disaster from power firms, adding that appropriate sanctions would be applied if any electricity company failed to heed the directive.
The commission, in a statement issued in Abuja, said, “This seasonal natural disruptions occasioned by the rainy season have further imposed on the industry operators additional responsibilities to operate in strict compliance with the terms and conditions of their licences and health and safety standards in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry.
“Electricity generation, transmission and Distribution Companies are by this statement reminded of their responsibilities to be on the alert and clear faults along their lines and installations as and when due, as claims of natural disaster will not serve as a tenable defence to avert sanctions in instances of accidents.”
NERC stated that the directive was in line with its mandate of ensuring that electricity was produced and consumed in strict observance of the industry’s health and safety standards, considering the impact of rainstorms on electricity installations, especially with the onset of the rainy season.
The regulator also advised power users to inform the electricity distribution companies of faulty installations in their respective locations so as to avert electrocution.
“Consumers of electricity are also advised by this statement to report damaged and vandalised electric installations at the nearest service or business units of their electricity distribution companies to avert loss of lives and property,” NERC stated.
Source: The Punch
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