40 electricity transformers vandalised in Lafia in 10 months – AEDC.
Mr Ameen Shakur, Nasarawa State Regional Manager, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company ( AEDC ) says that no less than 40 transformers are vandalised in Lafia, capital of Nasarawa state since January.recall that nasafocus reported earlier The theft of transformer by a police officer in Lafia.
Shakur disclosed this on Wednesday when the executive and members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ) Nasarawa State Council visited the company in Keffi.
He decried the high rate of vandalism of electricity installations in the state, adding that the menace was impeding AEDC’s efforts in delivering effective service to the people of the state.
“We have recorded over 40 transformers being vandalised since January in Lafia alone and that is what is happening all over the state.
“It is high time customers took ownership of the equipment because they are located within their areas and are serving them.
“There is nothing wrong with customers asking questions when they see suspicious persons around electricity installations,” Shakur said.
According to him, a 500 KVA transformer costs N4.5 million, aside cables and other accessories.
“It is imperative for the customers to know that the installations first belong to them, although being the company property, thus the need to protect them should be paramount.”
He said the cost of replacing the vandalised substations was huge and appealed to customers to bear with the company
The state regional manager assured them that the company was addressing the problem gradually due to the number of cases involved.
Earlier, Suleiman Abubakar, Chairman of the Chapel appealed to the company to improve on its services in the state to meet the demands of the customers.
Abubakar called for the provision of prepaid meters to address over billing and non-payment of electricity bills.