Police concerned about rising vandalism of power assets

Lagos Police have raised concerns over third party infringement on energy assets which is hampering the provision of electricity service.

The issue was highlighted at a town hall meeting organized by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Islands District, to continue its strategic engagement with customers in its franchise network.

During the forum, the Divisional Crime Officer of Ikoyi Police Division Headquarters, Mr. Ishola Olaitan observed the wave of vandalism in Ikoyi and Lagos Island which, he said, he says, contributes more to damage the cables, thus affecting the service delivery.

He called on customers to help police forces and EKEDC to fight crime by reporting such a heinous act through its whistleblower platforms.

Held on Victoria Island, the forum brought together people from Lagos Island, Victoria Island and around Ikoyi.

According to a statement from EKEDC Managing Director, Corporate Communications, Godwin Idemudia, the island district is strategic to its business, hence the importance of the engagement forum to help management identify areas for improvement. customer power supply.

While commending EKEDC for the recent improvement in power supply and turnaround time to eliminate outages, customers present at the meeting raised the issue of old and overloaded distribution infrastructure affecting the supply of their communities. Many residents of Lagos Island have complained about faults due to weak underground cables and overloaded transformers and have therefore requested solutions from DisCo.

Reacting to customer queries, EKEDC CEO, Dr. Tinuade Sanda, represented by Commercial Manager, Ms. Rekhiat Momoh, appreciated the feedback from customers and explained that the presence of weak and old cables in the network was due to construction of buildings on such cables, which made it difficult to carry out repairs.

She however said that EKEDC is designing alternative ways to mitigate this challenge.

Regarding the issue of the overloaded transformer, she assured customers that the company, as part of its continuous improvement projects, is working to provide backup distribution transformers to many areas under the Islands District.