Bu Paul Odenyi, Head, Press Unit, NOA.
Following the Calabar viewing centre electricityl accident, the National Electrical Management Services Agency (NEMSA) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) have set up a joint committee to enlighten Nigerians on the dangers of building along power lines.
The committee’s inauguration comes as the NEMSA Managing Director, Engineer Peter Enwesor Tuesday ordered all Transmission and Distribution companies to immediately disconnect all buildings erected along high tension power lines in the country. According to him, this is to ensure that communities are safe from incidences that may lead to a repeat of the Calabar accident.
The Director General of NOA Dr. Garba Abari who inaugurated the committee directed them to ensure that the directive of NEMSA gets the understanding of the people at the grassroots, especially in the state and local government areas.
According to Abari, the work of the committee is essentially to educate and enlighten the people on the dangers of building close to the expanding power infrastructure in the country. He also urged the committee members to identify other issues and parameters that would be necessary in the implementation of its task.
NEMSA Managing Director had earlier said that the essence of the partnership was to take advantage of the NOA’s robust platforms to bring the activities of NEMSA to the limelight and knowledge of Nigerians.
He also said the partnership will enlighten and sensitize Nigerians on their roles as consumers and transporters as well as on the quality of electrical products that are safe for installation. In addition, he said the partnership will afford consumers the opportunity to make inputs toward the development of quality electrical products in the country.