The Network Manager of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Samuel Onuoha, has given account of how hoodlums vandalized about 200 transformers within the company’s jurisdiction between January and November, 2017.
Onuoha expressed regrets over the development while addressing a group of protesters, who were at the EEDC office in Awka on Monday.
He said 50 of the transformers were damaged in Nnewi; 30 in Awka; another 100 plus in Onitsha and others in Ekwulobia.
Onuoha explained that the vandals target different parts of the transformers, saying some go for oil and different types of cables, while other remove the feeder pillar units, among others.
The act, according to him, peaked towards the end of the year, as he insisted that the company would not fold its while it lasts.
Though he said the company had started repairing and replacing the affected transformers, he informed that six of the vandals are currently under prosecution.
Onuoha told the protesters to be patient with the company as he urged them to protect the transformers within their territories and ensure that they report any suspicious movement around the items to the company or nearest police station.
He promised the protesters that their transformer would be fixed by Wednesday, saying their inability to access electricity affects the company’s income too.
Residents and business owners on Odeagba and Arthur Eze Streets had earlier stormed the premises of EEDC to protest non-availability of electricity in the area for the past 14 months.
The Chairman of Arthur Eze Business Association, Amaechi Okeke, who led the protest, said the area has been in darkness since October 2016 when a sub-station/transformer was vandalized.