Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Power accidents claim 453 lives in 3years – NEMSA

Not less than 453 people were said to have lost their lives to power accidents and electrocutions across Nigeria between 2015 and October 2018.

Speaking at the Power Safety Summit, PSS, in Abuja the Managing Director of Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA, Engr. Peter Ewesor, said the deaths were could be avoided if operators comply with safety rules and standards.

He gave the electrical accidents breakdown to include 113 deaths occurring from 110 accidents in 2015; 140 deaths from 124 accidents in 2016; 95 accidents caused 113 electrocution in 2017. From January to October 2018, NEMSA reported 87 deaths that resulted from 82 accidents.

Ewesor therefore charged operators in the power sector on working to attain zero target for accidents and electrocutions in the sector.

He said: “Operators present should note that what we are working at is zero electrical accidents and most especially electrocution.”

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, also urged power sector operators to comply with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, rules on right of ways and safety operations to reduce the figures.

Fashola, who was represented by the Director of Distribution in the ministry, Engr. Briskila Sapke, said “We have made concerted efforts in recent times to stakeholders to intervene on encroachment of right of way of power lines which hinders maintenance.”

The minister encouraged operators and consumers to ensure their safety at all times even as he said more power was coming with the signing of 3,050mw Mambilla hydropower, and the 700mw Zungeru hydro which he revealed will be ready in 2019.




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