The National Association of Nigerian Students, Southwest Zone has called on the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Senate Committee on Power to sanction Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) for its noncompliance with safety guidelines.
NANS made this call after the death of Miss Oluchi Anekwe, a 300 level Accounting student of the University of Lagos as a result of electrocution.
In a statement signed by Comr Jeremiah Olatinwo,Public Relations Officer, NANS said “The unfortunate injury to Oluchi is an injury to all Nigerian students and we won’t keep mum in the face of this threat to our fundamental right to life.
“On this note, we call on the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Senate Committee on Power to sanction the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) for its noncompliance to safety and health guidelines in its electricity transmission and distribution which caused the high tension wire to fall off without any sign or warning – the same way it happens in various cities and towns across the federation.
“With immediate effect, NANS directs all the Electricity Distribution companies in the nation to undertake a total overhauling of all high tension cables across the nation. This is due to the signs of wear and tear they have been exhibiting so as to forestall a repeat of this avoidable disaster.”
NANS also announced that along with the Univeristy of Lagos Students Union and the family of the victim, EKEDC will be sued for negligence.
“In a bid to see ensure that justice is done, NANS shall be taking up this case alongside University of Lagos Students Union (ULSU) in court to see to it that Oluchi’s family are compensated for the damages caused by EKEDC,” the statement added.