Residents of Soluyi area in Gbagada, Lagos State have raised complaints over the imminent danger posed by high-tension wires abandoned in a canal in the community. This development resulted in the complete blackout of about 50 streets in Soluyi I and II.
It was learnt that the wires fell about two weeks ago after a rainstorm and officials of the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company were alerted immediately. Following the report, officials of IKEDC inspected the damage the following day, but actions to repair the damages are yet to be undertaken.
It was gathered that before the rainstorm the wires have sagged for several years, without repairs from the necessary authorities. A resident of the neighbourhood, Stephen Orji, spoke with Punch Metro and urged the management of IKEDC to promptly erect more poles to raise the high-tension cables to avert an impending calamity.
He said, “I have been living here for 18 years. We started having this problem in 2003 when our power supply was connected to Ogudu. The transmission used to be from Gbagada. Each time it rains, the wires spark and destroy things. Two weeks ago, it rained heavily and the wires fell, causing a blackout.
“Now, the wires are lying in the canal. We are pleading that the company should come and reconnect the wires. The danger is that if one’s foot mistakenly touches the water in the canal area when there is electricity, one may be electrocuted.”
Also , The Baale of Soluyi II, High Chief Solomon Olamiju, said it was necessary to raise the wires and apply appropriate tension on them to avert a tragedy.
Olamiju said, “We have complained times without number, even before the privatisation. The situation now is dangerous. The high-tension wires have fallen into the canal. If the high-tension is energised now, it can cause electrocution that will affect many people because water is a good conductor of electricity.
Reacting to this report, The spokesperson for the Ikeja Electric, Mr. Felix Ofulue, said the volatility of the canal was inhibiting efforts to reconnect the wires, promising that the company would find a lasting solution to the problem.
“By Wednesday (today), our men will return to the community. We won’t allow the wires to fall again because they are causing a lot of issues. We will fix everything.”
Source; Punch News