The management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has lamented the rising cases of vandalism of power supply infrastructure in its franchise which is taking a serious toll on the company’s operations.
The concern was raised in a statement by the company Saturday.
The statement said 158 distribution sub-stations were vandalised across the four franchise states of the company between January and June this year.
The Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer of the company, Bello Musa, quoted in the statement said the company lost N238, 701,800:65 worth of equipment.
Similarly, the company lost N147,953,449:01 in expected revenue during the period under review.
He said some of the prolonged outages and service disruption suffered by the customers are as a result of vandalism and theft of power supply assets of the company by some selfish and criminal elements in the society.
He described the vandalism of power supply assets as despicable act of sabotage and heinous crime against the society.
“The destruction of critical national assets like power supply infrastructure by a few unpatriotic elements is a despicable act of sabotage, a mindless criminality and the pinnacle of irresponsibility which we must collectively fight as a society,” he said.
Musa stated that 54 distribution sub-stations out of the 158 vandalised have been repaired and supply restored to the affected customers while efforts are being made to bring the remaining back to service.
He called on security agencies and the prosecuting authorities to bring full weight of the law against the perpetrators of this crime.