The Acting Chief Executive Officer, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, Engr. Kingsley Achife has on behalf of the company commiserated with the families of those who died yesterday in Calabar as a result of electrical accident.
Engr. Achife also sympathized with those whose houses were burnt during the unfortunate incident.
The CEO, who expressed displeasure over the incident assured the community that the said feeder has been isolated to ensure that lives and property are secured, adding that an investigation team has been constituted with a view to finding out the remote causes of the accident.
He, however, urged the residents to remain calm and law abiding and to accord the team the necessary support during the investigation. He seized the opportunity to further inform members of the public and indeed the customers, to always adhere to safety rules by not erecting any structure under PHED high tension lines, adding that series of letters have since April 2015 been written to relevant authorities on why people should not encroach on PHED’s right of way. In a statement made available to newsmen, Mr John Onyi, Manager, Corporate communications, PHED recalled that Cameroon 11kv feeder snapped yesterday night at Inyang Street, Calabar South, resulting to the death of 2 persons and two buildings were in flames.
“It will be recalled that Cameroon 11kv feeder snapped yesterday night at Inyang Street, Calabar South, resulting to the death of 2 persons and two buildings were in flames. The management of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company had after the incidence of 20th April 2017 where 8 persons lost their lives intensified sensitization programmes both on radio, television and direct engagement on the importance of not transacting business under high tension lines” he stated.