By Energy Worth
Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has emerged overall first position in the 2017 Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) Safety ranking; a remarkable leap from its fifth position in the 2016 NEMSA Safety ranking.The ranking was released by NEMSA in its Disco & TCN Ranking Trend for the year 2017 at the Monthly Power Sector Meeting held at Lafia Nasarawa State on Monday, January 8, 2018.It is worthy of note that in the year under review, EEDC consistently maintained the first position in eight out of twelve months, this underscores the passion and conscious effort put in by the Management of the company in ensuring that safety rules are strictly adhered to, and safe environment is consistently maintained.The criteria used for the ranking ranges from, fatalities (that is the number of deaths within the network), major injuries as well as network resolved.Ag. MD/CEO of EEDC, Paul Okeke attributed this feat to the commitment and conscious effort made by the Management of EEDC in ensuring strict adherence to safety rules and regulations; and the consistent Public Safety Awareness Campaign it embarked on via interactive radio shows across the South-East states, as well as Town Hall Meetings held in various Local Government Councils to educate and sensitize the general public on the need to be safety conscious.While commending his staff for this achievement, Okeke encouraged them not to rest on their oars, but to work hard in sustaining the attained position.In his own reaction, the Head, Health, Safety & Environment, EEDC, Engr. Francis Iwu attributed this achievement to the seriousness the organization has been giving to Safety and the continuous investment in qualified Safety personnel and equipment. He went on to appeal to members of the public to be safety conscious and desist from engaging in acts that would put their lives or that of their loved ones at risk. NEMSA is an agency of government responsible for ensuring the safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry.