Residents of Emba street of Millionaires quarters in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, have raised alarm over a termite infested electric pole almost falling over their houses.
The alarm was raised when Channels Television visited the area to ascertain the situation after a tip off by an eye witness reporter.
During the visit by our correspondent it was observed that the pole is almost falling over a land with the electric wires already dropping down into the house of a resident, Felix Godwin.
In an interview, Mr Godwin disclosed that the almost falling pole is the second pole they have changed.
“It is like this because for the past two years or so we mounted a new pole so we discovered that there are termites under the ground that has been eating it for quite a long time and that is why it has been like this.
“Though it is not our own responsibility to continue changing it since we have changed it for the first and second time. We feel that it is the responsibility of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to come and have it fixed, that is why we decided to leave it like this.
“We are aware of the dangers and are making effort to have it fixed but the problem on ground is issue of finance”. he said.
When taken upon the issue of destroyed poles in Lafia and not just Emba street, a Technical Supervisor of the AEDC, Livinus Cosmos assured that they will be monitored and fixed.
He said, “It is not everywhere that the AEDC staff are unless we embark on patrol to clear one fault or the other.
“We will be able to see such faults but now that you have detected that fault, we will see that we replace it.
“I will work towards seeing that the pole is replaced if not by wooden pole, we will use concrete pole.
“Precisely if there are other wooden poles that are infested by termites, we will do the same thing to see that we replace them because once a pole gets broken and there is supply, it will cause havoc to not only our customers but any passerby which is risky, so prevention is better than cure”, he said.
SOURCE: Channels Tv