Nigeria’s National Electrical Management Services Agency (NEMSA) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) have set up a joint committee to educate the country’s citizens on the dangers of building along power lines. Peter Enwesor, NEMSA Managing Director, made this known in statement signed by Paul Odenyi, Head of NOA Press Unit, and made available to reporters in Abuja.
He also ordered all transmission and distribution companies to immediately disconnect all buildings erected along high tension power lines in the country.
The formation of the committee is seen as a direct result of the Calabar Viewing Center electrical accident. In April, more than 30 people died in Calabar when a power cable fell on the roof of a viewing center that was full of people watching a football match.
The work of the committee is to educate and enlighten the people on the dangers of building close to the power infrastructure across the country.