By Matthew Denis
The public have been advised to be wary of electricity hazards and shun habits that poses danger to their lives and property while using electrical appliances.
This formed the basis of the road show by staff of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, on Thursday.
Flyers were distributed to members of the public while the staff went round the metropolis singing, dancing and intermittently giving short enlightenment talks.
At some risk prone areas such as Sawmill, Taiwo road, Surulere, Unity, Post Office and Challenge, people were warned against building houses under power lines.
They also cautioned residents against illegal connection, tampering with or vandalising installations of the distribution company, among other vices.
Speaking to Pilot Business on essence of the programme, the Regional Head of Communication IBEDC Ilorin Zone, Mr Asaju Kolawole, stressed that the campaign was apt and emphasised the importance of regular public enlightenment programme.
He noted that it is pertinent for the distribution company to educate the general public on the dangers of toying and tampering with electrical installations.
Kolawole warned those who build, sell, load vehicles and plant trees under or close to power lines to desist to avoid being electrocuted.
The spokesman also frowned at the vandalisation of public facilities, particularly electricity installations, urging communities to be proactive in reporting any suspicious movement around electrical installations in their domain to security agencies in the state.
Kolawole regretted that misuse of electricity has sent many to their untimely graves and enjoined the public to eschew carelessness to avert ugly incidents.
He reiterated the company’s commitment to serve the public efficiently and appealed that complaints on illegal electricity connections, low power supply and electricity surge, electrocution and fire out break be reported promptly for immediate intervention.
He also appeals to customers to pay for Prepaid meters (Smart Meters) and bills as when due to avoid disconnection by IBEDC.