The Lagos State Commissioners of Police, Muazu Zuberu, has assured management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) that his office would provide the power distributing company support in ensuring the entire police formations within the state are metered for utility.
Besides, the police boss also promised to protect the company’s facilities from vandals whom he described as enemies of development.
Speaking during EKEDC’s management team courtesy visit to Lagos State Police Command on Friday, Zuberu said that police would support the utility service to successful metering of police formations under their jurisdictions.
He also promised to assist EKEDC by working out strategies to combat vandalism, while urging all Nigerians to be involved in the process of protecting the infrastructure that will enhance economic growth and development in Nigeria.
“We know the importance of the utility company in the state like EKEDC and we are ready to give maximum support in ensuring adequate protection of their facilities and workers,” he said.
We shall assist the company to stop vandalism, and vandals who are enemies of our dear country. But to fight these people, all hands must be on deck to curb the activities of vandals nationwide.
“We will ensure that we provide security support for there equipment, installation against vandals and attacks on workers respectively.
“You are service providers, while we are also working for the people. It’s a mutual partnership because we experience the same operational challenges.
“The police will intensify its surveillance activities to ensure that the tide of vandalism to electricity facilities is stemmed and ultimately eradicated,” he said.
It would be recalled that Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently directed all distribution companies to install meters across Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs) before August 31.
In his response, the Managing Director, EKEDC, Adeoye Fadeyibi, commended Zuberu for his overwhelming support and partnership toward metering of all police formations.
Fadeyibi indicated that the metering of government agencies was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that all Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs) across the nation were metered by electricity distribution companies.
The power distributing company’s boss said that Zuberu’s assurance and support on metering across all police formations was a significant development but also requires implementation strategy.
He claimed that the company had continually enjoyed solid relationships with police in protecting its equipment and continuous attack on field workers and that essence of the EKEDC’s management visit was to established and strengthen partnership with the law enforcement agency.
“We have zero tolerance for attacks on our workers. The workers are like any other Nigerians. We also came to seek your support for the metering of all police formations as directed by President Buhari,” he said.
The EKEDC’s boss said that the government’s new order would allow the disco to commence 50 to 60 percent of unmetered MDAs.
“We must say we appreciate the support we have been receiving from the police so far. However, we need more assistance from the police to check the cases of theft and damages to our facilities as this will further boost our efforts at providing the best service possible to customers on our network,” he said.