82 Nigerians Died from Electricity Accidents in 6 Months- NEMSA
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has disclosed that 82 persons which includes employees of electricity distribution companies (Discos), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), as well as power consumers, lost their lives in various electricity-related accidents between January and July this year.
According to the NEMSA report on Safety Ranking for Electricity Distribution companies and the TCN from January to July 2017, 14 employees of both TCN and the Discos, and 68 other victims, who were classified as third party individuals, lost their lives during the period under review.
The report also stated that there had been 67 accidents with fatalities so far, while there were 37 accidents with only injuries adding that 59 persons were injured in the process.
The agency went further to state that 24 people among the injured persons were workers of both the Discos and the TCN, while 35 were third-party individuals.
20 individuals lost their lives in the locations serviced by the Abuja Disco, 11 persons died in each of Kano and Port Harcourt Discos coverage areas.
Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan, and Ikeja recorded seven, one, three, eight and two fatalities respectively..
Jos Disco recorded 10 fatalities, while Kaduna and Yola Discos caused the lost of four lives in their coverage areas.
The TCN lost one employee during the period under review.
The management of NEMSA called on all power firms to rectify their defective networks and educate the general public more on the need for extreme caution in the use of electricity.