DAILY FILE – Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, says that it cuts-off electricity supply most times when it rains to save lives, property and to protect its equipment.
Mr Oyebode Fadipe, AEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, gave the explanation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Fadipe was reacting to complaints by consumers that whenever it rained, electricity supply was cut-off for days. “The issue of electricity supply going off, especially when it rains could be viewed from two perspectives, which could be electricity lines and poles being pulled down by the rains or some other major interruption.
“To avoid any form of destruction to lives and properties, the system is programmed to go off when it is about to rain. “Customers would have also observed that after rain, attempt is made to restore the supply which is called “flashing”. “If we try to restore supply and it is not stable, it means that maybe a pole or two is broken and the conductor is lying on the ground,” he said.
According to him, AEDC’s duty is to look for the problem and try to restore supply as the speed of repair is totally different from the speed when destruction takes place.
He said that when the network for one reason or the other is impaired, it would take a bit of time to bring back the poles, string the lines and other things needed to restore power. (NAN)
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