By Etuka Sunday, Abuja
The Kaduna Electric has lamented the menace of vandalism in its franchise states, saying activities of vandals significantly affects its ability to provide adequate power to its customers.
A statement from the Company signed by the Head Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said the increased vandalization of its installations and equipment in the past few weeks has left several communities and neighbourhoods in darkness in Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states.
According to the statement: ‘’Kaduna Electric has observed, with deep concern, the resurgence of vandalism of power supply installations in our franchise area. These criminals specialize in destroying and removing armored cables from our distribution sub-stations.’’
The statement further called on “the general public to be more vigilant and apprehend anybody caught tampering with or removing any item from a power transformer.
“Similarly, any suspicious movement around power supply transformers, especially at odd hours, should be reported to the nearest police station or any of our offices. Let’s join hands and stop this menace. Let’s ensure that criminals don’t deprive us of our right to enjoy reliable power supply.”
According to available statistics, over 20 cases of vandalization and theft of incomer cables, cross arms, HT poles, transformer oil, pot insulators, aluminum conductors and other equipment were recorded by the Company this year.
The statement said while concerted efforts are made to replace the vandalized. Equipment, the menace is a major drawback on its operations.