.Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt highest hit
A total of 82 persons, including employees of electricity distribution companies, Transmission Company of Nigeria, as well as power consumers lost their lives in various accidents in Nigeria’s power sector between January and July this year.
According to the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, 14 employees of both TCN and the Discos, and 68 other victims, who were classified as third party individuals, lost their lives during the period under review.
In its report on the Safety Ranking for Discos and the TCN from January to July, 2017, which was released this August and obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, NEMSA stated that 67 accidents with fatalities had so far been recorded this year.
It explained that the power sector had also witnessed 37 accidents with only injuries, adding that 59 persons were injured in the process.
The agency went further to state that 24 people among the injured persons were workers of both the Discos and the TCN, while 35 were third party individuals.
Our correspondent observed from the report that Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt Discos recorded the highest number of fatalities or deaths in the sector since the beginning of 2017.
Specifically, while 20 individuals lost their lives in the locations covered by the Abuja Disco, 11 persons died in each of the areas under the electricity supply and distribution management of both Kano and Port Harcourt Discos.
Discos like Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan and Ikeja recorded seven, one, three, eight and two fatalities during the period under review.
Jos Disco recorded 10 fatalities, while each of Kaduna and Yola Discos had situations that claimed four lives in their coverage areas between January and July 2017.
The TCN lost one employee during the period under review, which was why it was grouped among power firms that recorded fatalities arising from electricity accidents in the sector.
The agency in its latest report advised the Discos to urgently rectify defective networks reported to them by NEMSA.