Osun NSCDC partners IBEDC against energy theft, vandalism
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command, yesterday, expressed readiness to collaborate with Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), to tackle and forestall energy theft and vandalisation of infrastructure in the nation’s power sector.
The state’s commandant, Sunday Agboola, who disclosed this after meeting with officials of Osun IBEDC region, said energy theft and vandalism were partly responsible for losses and liquidity challenges that are bedeviling the power sector.
He said it was not going to be business as usual for vandals and their cohorts as the Command was ready to put a stop to their crimes.
While welcoming the Executives of IBEDC to the State Headquarters in Osogbo, Agboola declared the Command’s readiness to combat energy theft and vandalism in the state and reiterated the importance of taking concerted efforts to achieve positive impact in the fight against vandals.
The commandant warned vandals in the state to desist from stealing electricity cables and vandalising power installations.
In his remarks, Osun Regional Head of the distribution company, Adeniyi Adeleke, solicited the support of the corps in the fight against vandalism and energy theft in Osun Region.
Adeleke said IBEDC, which claims to be the largest geographical coverage among electricity distributors in the country, requires the help of the corps to protect its electrical installations.
According to him, vandalism, energy theft and related vices are the major setbacks mitigating quality services delivery to customers.
Agboola admonished the indigenes of the state to remain vigilant and report cases of vandalism to the Command or any of the offices of the corps nearest to them for prompt response. He maintained that anyone caught would be made to face the wrath of the law.