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NEWS DAILY: Vandalism throws over 50 Enugu, Ebonyi communities into darkness

NEWS DAILY: Vandalism throws over 50 Enugu, Ebonyi communities into darkness

Over 50 communities in Enugu Province have been thrown into darkness next the vandalism of Amechi – Awgu 33KV mainline, asset of the Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC), which supplies electricity to the affected communities.

The vandalism, which occurred at Nenwe Junction downwards to the World Academy in Aninri Local Authorities Area, involved the removal of in relation to 40 spans of aluminum conductors on the line as good as the collapse and impairment of 15 High Tension poles.

This evolution was made known in Enugu on Thur by the Chief, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh.

Ezeh stated that this section of the network has been under onslaught by vandals since Jan this twelvemonth, and the nowadays incident reoccurred barely 2 weeks after the company had spent millions of Naira in replacing the vandalized items.

“This portion of the network was attacked in Jan, Feb, and twice in Apr, which has led to the nowadays darkness experienced by electricity customers in these affected communities, as in relation to 130 distribution substations (transformers) are affected and cannot furnish electricity to customers,” he said.

According to EEDC’s spokesman, the entire communities in Aninri Local Authorities Area, over 50% of the communities in Awgu Local Authorities Area and Akaeze and Ishiagu under Ivo Local Authorities Area of Ebonyi Atate were affected by this ugly incident.

Some of the affected communities include Mgbowo, Ugwuleshi Awgu, Ogwuofia Awgu, Obodo Asaa Awgu, Ogwumabiri Awgu, Obeagu, Nmaku, Mgbidi, Ihe, Okpanku, Mpu, to advert but a few.

“As a business, we are concerned in relation to the inconveniences our customers in the affected communities are subjected to, its effect on their various businesses and the revenue losses we are recording as a service provider,” Ezeh added.

“Vandalism of powerfulness installations within the EEDC’s network has remained a cog in the wheel of progress. No daytime passes without an incident of vandalism in one or 2 locations within the network.

“Transformer vandalism is to a greater extent rampant, but these days, we have cases where some spans of the network are vandalized, keeping hundreds of thousands of customers in darkness,” he stated.

Ezeh appealed to all electricity customers and the public, particularly neighbourhood vigilantes to aid in safeguarding the powerfulness installations serving them.

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Vandalism throws over 50 Enugu, Ebonyi communities into darkness

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