By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Within seven days last week, communities at Farm Centre area of Tunga and Tunga Low-cost area of Chanchaga local government area as well as Bosso area of Niger State were thrown into darkness following wanton destruction and theft of power line cables, electricity transformers and submersible armoured cables by unidentified persons.
At Farm Centre area of Tunga, almost half of the communities on ”A” part of the divide have been without electricity supply since Saturday, 4th of November while a substantial part of Tunga Low-cost area were thrown into darkness for three days following activities of vandals of power transformer feeding ”A”, ”B” and ”C” lines of the housing estate.
Elsewhere at Bosso, same is the sad story as vandals have carted away several yards of cables at power transformers and shut out electricity supply to the several homes.
Worried by the increasing number of vandalized facilities in the region, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC) at the weekend cried out against the increasing cases of wanton destruction of it’s equipment by heartless persons.
The regional Manager of the power distribution company solicited for the support and cooperation of stakeholders to check the increasing cases of cable thefts and the destruction of electric power installations by vandals.
The new Regional Manager of the AEDC for Minna, Jere Yahaya, said in an interview that the rampant cases of thefts and vandalism of cables and installations within Minna metropolis would soon ground public power supply to several parts of the state capital if the trend was not checked.
Jere Yahaya urged stakeholders to raise community vanguards to save AEDC facilities so as to enhance power supply to homes, business premises, street lights and other places for their own good.
The regional Manager who only resumed duties in Minna, lamented that the magnitude of destruction of valuable power lines and installations within Minna and environs was unspeakable.
Apparentlydu reacting to the number of reported cases of cable vandalism within Bosso, Minna metropolis alone in less than two weeks, the AEDC Regional Manager said from his first day in office in Minna, the situation have continued to increase by the day.
Jere told our correspondent that his office was ready to partner key stakeholders to draw up plans on how to guarantee safety of electricity installations.
He attributed the recurring power outages and failures to activities of vandals who have remained adamant and upbeat in their nefarious activities.
Meanwhile, the AEDC has been called upon to experdite action on the speedy procurement and installation of pre-paid metres to homes and business premises to end the vexed issue of manual metre reading and ‘crazy billings’ based on estimations by the field staff of the company.
A broad spectrum of customers not yet provided with automated prepaid metres decried the harassment and disrespectful attitudes of some AEDC field officials in the conduct of their duties during field operations.