Victims visited by Fact finding Team
An 8 man Investigative Team set up by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to unravel the circumstances surrounding the electrical accident that took place in Angwan Tiv, a neighbourhood of Tudun Wada area of Lugbe on the 2nd
of July has visited the scene of the incident and has subsequently visited the accident victims that have been admitted at the AEDC referral hospital, Cedar Crest at APO. Two of the victims who sustained minor injuries have been treated and discharged while the third person, Mr Pius Moses is still receiving treatment.
The team also visited the families of the three deceased persons. However, the family of Mrs. Justina Onome Iyelih, one of the deceased was not at home when the team members visited to commiserate with them. While there, the Chairman of the Panel – Engineer Mohammed Ainoko Sule commiserated with the bereaved families. He also disclosed that AEDC Management will pick up the medical bills of all the accident victims that have been treated and those still undergoing treatment, while praying that God will give the families of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss of their beloved ones.
While inaugurating the panel on Monday in Abuja, the Director, Risk and
Compliance of the AEDC, Mr. Collins Chabuka said that the decision of the Company to set up its own committee to investigate the incident was without prejudice to the ongoing probe by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), but was in line with the internal AEDC Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure Guidelines and industry best practice. It is AEDC’s internal Health and Safety Policy requirements that all accidents are investigated by independent internal competent persons with industry background, competence and knowledge. The purpose of the investigations is to highlight the shortcomings that may have led to the incident and also to recommend industry best practice remedial measures to prevent a recurrence.
Describing the incident as “most unfortunate”, the AEDC Director, said that the Company had complied with regulatory requirements by officially notifying NERC and the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) about the accident, and that AEDC’s officers are already cooperating with the Regulatory bodies in their investigations into the incident.
Mr. Chabuka, said further that from preliminary reports received so far, three people were confirmed to have died as a result of the incident, contrary to claims in some sections of the media. “For the avoidance of doubt, we need to state that preliminary reports on the incident confirmed that three people died, while two persons were treated and immediately discharged and a third person is still receiving treatment”. He also described as “untrue”, claims in the media that the accident was caused by an explosion from a transformer serving the Angwan Tiv Community, stressing that preliminary reports show that an 11-Kv wire snapped and fell on a metallic channel iron that sent high voltage to the residents of the customers who were electrocuted and injured.
He, therefore, used the opportunity to encourage media practitioners to always cross check their facts before publishing stories, especially on sensitive issues relating to human life.
The terms of reference of the Investigative Panel set up by AEDC include:-
- To establish the root causes of the incident.
- Conduct a technical assessment of the equipment and the supply network and advise whether the equipment and network operated normally during the incident, and
- Identify remedial measures to prevent a recurrence.
The investigative panel is being chaired by Engineer Mohammed Ainoko Sule, an experienced professional in the Nigerian Electricity Industry professional with over 25 years’ experience in Distribution Network Operations, Maintenance and Protection System. Also among members of the team are the Regional Head of Operations in FCT, Engineer Eze Obunmnaeke, AEDC Head of Health and Safety, Engineer Dirisu Biodun, Team Lead, Security, FCT, George Williams.
Other members of the Panel are Head, Industrial Relations, Joseph Adeniyi, Head, Public Relations and Media, Ahmed Shekarau, Team Lead, Legal Services, Mrs. Pamela Chidobelu, and the Regional Team Lead, Health and Safety, Kogi Region, Godwin Okwuwe, who serves as Secretary to the team. The Panel has two weeks to submit its report.
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