Ikeja Electricity Laments Damage on Assets

INSIDEMAINLAND– Ikeja Electric Plc has warned commuters that reckless driving could cause damage to its electricity assets, resulting in total blackouts in some communities within its network.

Engr Jamiu Badmos, Ikeja Electric’s Head of Quality, Health, and Safety Environment, made the statement in response to the frequent collisions of vehicles with electricity poles and other electrical facilities in Ikeja Electric’s network.

He lamented that reckless commuters colliding with electricity poles and transformers have become a daily occurrence, stating that such commuters risk electrocution as the pole and lines can collapse on their vehicles, especially energized wires, resulting in a fire outbreak and loss of life.

According to him, the majority of accidents are caused by negligence, inattention, inebriation, worn-out tyres, and excessive speed.

“When you are on low speed, the result may be minor damage on vehicle or property, but the damage on high speed is usually more severe”, he said.

Jamiu advised Lagosians to drive cautiously in order to avoid unintentional collisions with electrical facilities, stating that whoever destroys any electrical asset in Ikeja Electric’s network will bear the cost of damages in addition to charging the person for lost revenue during the outage.

In addition, he stated that the management of Ikeja Electric praised the traditional rulers, various associations, and security agencies for their unwavering efforts in reducing the vandalism of electrical assets in Ikeja Electric’s network.

He enlisted the help of other stakeholders to join the effort to ensure the safety of electrical facilities in their communities in order to avoid blackouts, particularly during the upcoming holiday season.

While assuring customers of improved services across its network, he urged them to avoid any activity that would jeopardize the company’s efforts to achieve excellent service delivery. He also urged customers to report any suspicious persons or activities near electrical facilities to security agents or call Ikeja Electric’s contact centre at 01-7000250, 01-2272940, or send an email to customercare@ikejaelectric.com for a prompt response.

“For emergency situations, customers can call +234 909 222 7799, +234 909 222 7299, and for security-related issues, they can call 08180000741 (24/7),” he added.

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