By Chijioke Kingsley
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), has distributed torch lights to vigilantes aimed at fighting vandals who profit from stealing electricity installations.
JED has also installed solar panel lights across its transformers in Jos to prevent criminals who specialize in vandalizing transformer equipment from taking advantage of the dark.
The power company stated this on Friday in a statement sent to our correspondent by the Company’s Head and Corporate Communications, Dr. Friday Adakole Elijah.
“Efforts are currently on to install electronic gadgets that will alert residents in case of tampering on transformers”, the Managing Director of the company Engr. Mohammed had earlier said.
Elijah informed that the Company’s boss, Mohammed took the steps by keeping to his promise of ensuring steady power supply in its four franchise States.
Mohammed had earlier said that vandals are hampering the efforts of the Company in maintaining steady power supply.
He has also promised to work with the local communities to ensure that the ugly trend is brought to a halt, Mohammed had said in various fora.
However, speaking recently in the various communities of Rantya District, Kukum, Shen, Dei Du and Kangan Sarki districts, the Managing Director, Engr Abdul Bello Mohammed called on the local securities to join the electricity company in the fight.
Represented by the Chief Security Officer of the company, Musa Abdullahi, Mohammed said security should be seen as everybody’s business.
“Let me tell you. When there is a case of vandalism, we are exposed to a lot of dangers. When our communities are thrown into darkness, we are exposed to insecurity, the social life of the affected communities would be thrown into quandary and the economic life would be halted.
“If you help in protecting these assets, you are equally helping yourself, not the company alone. Management is ready to partner with vigilante groups and critical community stakeholders so as to chase away vandals from our networks”, he said.
He promised that the company would not waiver on its quest to deliver quality service to its numerous customers in Plateau, Bauchi, Benue and Gombe States.