‘We’ll Sanction DISCOs Over Installation of Substandard Equipment’

The Federal Government on Sunday said it would sanction any distribution company that engaged in installation of sub-standard electricity equipment in its operations.

Peter Ewesor, the Chairman of the Federal Government Investigative Panel on the death of Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-level student of the University of Lagos, said this in Lagos.

Miss Anekwe was on Sept. 8 electrocuted by a high voltage cable that snapped off the pole on the campus.

Mr Ewesor, who spoke with newsmen, is also the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).

``Appropriate enforcement orders and possible sanctions will be meted out for non-compliance with the recommendations of all previous and future monitoring reports sent to them (distribution companies) by NEMSA field electrical inspectors nationwide,” he said.

Mr Ewesor accused the utility companies of using substandard materials, unprofessional practices, negligence and poor response to inherent problems in their networks.

He said NEMSA would ensure that all distribution companies uphold the international best practices in the installation of electricity equipment nationwide.