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The Kogi State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Everestus Obiyo, on Friday urged the residents to collaborate with the agency to protect electricity installations in the state.
Obiyo made call in a paper he presented at a day-three of the 3rd Annual Kogi Built Environment and Building Materials (BEBM) Exhibition in Lokoja, with the theme: “The Roles of Community in Electricity Distribution”.
The commandant said globally security was a collective responsibility between the State and the citizenry for effective and efficient protection of utility installations situated across the the country.
He called on communities where these installations were domiciled to always promptly report any acts of vandalism to the NSCDC or the nearest security post, saying maximum cooperation would boost remarkable increase in power supply.
He said that the NSCDC through its department of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure (CNAI), have been partnering with Heads of various communities and their subjects in Kogi towards an improved protection of AEDC network facilities in their domains.
He added that the Corps had stepped up surveillance around electricity installations in the country to stem the tide of vandalism of the critical national assets.
According to him, the collaborating efforts are being largely rewarding as it has led to the arrest and prosecution of power installations’ vandals apprehended across the state.
Obiyo, who was represented by Mr Sunday Joseph, an Assistant Superintendent, said community members have a vital role to play in the protection of utility installations sited in their domains such as collaborative surveillance.
According to him, other roles are report of strange and suspicious movement, constant interfacing with power company, avoid tampering with electrical installations, and timely report of electrical faults to AEDC.
Many electricity consumers from various communities in Lokoja, expressed displeasure over the estimated billing by AEDC in spite the incessant power outage in the confluence city.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a special environmental campaign in Kogi State, tagged: “Plan Well, Build Right Campaign”, was unveiled aimed to ensure that houses are well built as in a planned environment.
Mr Oladipo Bayode, the Executive Director, BEBM Exhibition, said the vision of the environmental campaign initiative was to eradicate the build up slum in communities.
He said that the campaign would take off at Obajana community the host of Dangote Plant, advising the people of the area and the company management to support the initiative.
“We must start proper planning in our communities to avoid build up slum in various communities across the state.
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