IKEJA ELECTRIC INVESTS OVER N200M ON SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN LAST ONE YEAR
Ikeja Electric, one of Nigeria’s largest electricity Distribution Company, has stated that the company has spent over N200million in the last one year on the purchase of different types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as organising interactive occupational health and safety training for employees.
Whilst also reiterating the company’s commitment to entrench a value driven safety culture that goes over and beyond safety requirements to build a world class safety conscious environment, it cautioned members of the public to desist from erecting structures under power lines or carrying out activities and trading near electrical installation, which in effect exposes them to risk of electrocution.
The DisCo noted that proximity to installations such as transformer, electric poles or power lines contravenes the extant law, therefore people in such locations should vacate those areas urgently in order to protect their lives and property.
Engr. Jamiu Badmos, the Head of Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE) for Ikeja Electric (IE), in chats with correspondent, said the warning became necessary because it has been observed that such acts are perpetrated with impunity irrespective of the dangers associated with such violations.
He noted that Ikeja Electric in line with its Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) policy consistently sensitises customers on the dangers of trading and building near, around or under power lines.
Speaking on the defiance of the law guiding proximity to power installations, Badmos said that Section 3.1 of the Nigerian Electricity Supply and Installation Standards (NESIS) Regulation 2015 stipulates a mandatory distance of 5.5 meters, 15 meters and 25 meters setback from 33/11kV, 132kV and 330kV lines respectively.
“Some members of the public have continued to violate the law, making them vulnerable to the risk of unfortunate incidents, which sometimes result in fatalities.
“As a responsible and safety conscious organization, safety enlightenment is top priority and we constantly sensitise members of the public on the dangers of improper handling of electrical issues through our Public Safety Sensitisation Programme (PSSP).”