For the second consecutive year, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has been adjudged the overall best in Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) Safety Ranking.
EEDC made this known in a Monday, March 11 statement signed by its Head of Communications Department, Emeka Ezeh.
According to the statement, EEDC topped the NEMSA safety rating 2018, like it did in 2017.
The company said the rating was a testament of sustainable safety practices which it had consciously and consistently instilled in its staff and customers through various training and enlightenment programmes.
“NEMSA is an agency of government responsible for ensuring safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
“It is enabling that a company which ranked fifth position in 2016, improved to the first position in 2017 and retained it in 2018,’’ the statement read in part.
Criteria used for the ranking range from fatalities, that is, the number of deaths within the network; major injuries and network issues resolved.
“In the course of the year under review, EEDC consistently maintained the first position in eight out of 12 months.
“This underscores the passion and conscious effort put in by management in ensuring that safety rules are strictly adhered to, and safe environment consistently maintained.
“It will be recalled that EEDC moved from the fifth position which it occupied in the 2016 ranking to first position in the 2017 ranking and has jealously retained the first position in the 2018 ranking.
“This achievement affirms the seriousness the organisation has been giving to safety, and the continuous investment in qualified safety personnel and equipment,” the statement further read.
EEDC vowed to intensify efforts in rectifying defective networks to prevent electrical accidents and reduce technical losses.
It further pledged that it would also intensify effort in enlightening and educating the general public on the need for extreme caution with the use of electricity through regular Town Hall meetings and mass media.
“Members of the public are encouraged to be safety conscious and desist from engaging in acts that will put their lives or that of their loved ones at risk,” the company said.