A Kwara-based Civil Society Organisation, Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD), has lamented the incessant vandalisation of electrical equipment across various parts of the state.
The Civil Society Organisation in a statement signed by the Deputy Coordinator for Special Duties, Mr. Sideeq Bola Mustapha, ENetSuD noted that government properties have been poorly maintained, vandalised, and often sabotaged by men of the underworld.
The group noted that Patigi Local Government Area has become hot spot for criminality and all forms of vandalisation of electrical installations.
It stated that the industrial oil of various transformers in Patigi Township was drained by miscreants about a year ago while the armoured cable of another transformer at Ragada village was also vandalised several months ago.
“Furthermore, the armoured cables of the transformers at ECWA Church junction and General Hospital road were equally stolen by unknown persons- this happened some weeks ago.
“It might not be surprising to learn that the vandalisation and theft of Electical facilities across the state might be a sabotage that are not without the collaboration of some bad eggs in the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in those aforementioned communities”, ENetSuD said.
The group, however, commended efforts of the Patigi branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to forestall the reoccurrence of this theft by enforcing proper checks of passengers’ luggage at the garage before departure.
“We are lauding the intervention of the Executive Chairman of Patigi LGA, Alhaji Jibril Salihu Gabi, who provided the required quantity of armoured cables from the store at Patigi LGA secretariat for immediate reconnection to the transformers of the concerned areas,” it added.
ENetSuD, therefore, called on local authorities, security agencies, and government to collaborate on the protection and maintenance of government properties for the benefit of all.