By Ejiofor Alike
The latest ranking of the 11 electricity distribution companies on electrical accidents by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) showed that Abuja, Kano and Ibadan electricity distribution companies are leading other discos in terms of the number of accidents with fatalities between January and August 2017.
According to the data obtained by THISDAY, the Abuja Disco recorded 18 accidents with fatalities out of the 75 accidents with fatalities recorded in the power sector during the period under review.
The data showed that Kano and Ibadan recorded 10 accidents with fatalities each, while Jos and Benin Discos, which came fourth and fifth, recorded nine and seven accidents with fatalities, respectively.
Port Harcourt Disco and Kaduna Disco recorded five and four accidents with fatalities, respectively, while Yola and Enugu had four and three accidents with fatalities.
While Ikeja Disco recorded two accidents with fatalities, Eko Disco and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) recorded the lowest accident rates with two and one accident with fatalities, respectively.
NEMSA data further showed that no staff of Abuja Disco was involved in any of the 18 fatal accidents recorded by the company, while 22 other persons died.
Abuja Disco also recorded two vehicular accidents and seven accidents that ended in only injuries with two staff and nine other persons injured.
Out of the 10 fatal accidents recorded by Kano Disco, none of the companyâ€™s staff was involved but 12 other persons were affected in the fatal accidents.
The company also recorded nine accidents that ended only in injuries with three staff and 11 other persons injured.
The data also showed that no staff of Ibadan Disco was involved in the 10 fatal accidents recorded by the company as the fatalities affected only 10 persons who are not staff of the company.
Ibadan also recorded five accidents with injuries only with three staff and two thirty party injured.
The nine accidents with fatalities suffered by Jos Electricity Distribution Company affected five staff and six other persons, while three staff and one other person were injured in five accidents with only injuries recorded by the company during the period under review.
Also one staff and six others were affected in the seven accidents recorded by the Benin Disco, which ended in fatalities.
In the PH Disco, 12 others also died in the five accidents with fatalities recorded by the company while no staff was affected.
PH Disco also recorded two accidents with only injuries where one staff and 10 others were injured.
Kaduna Disco also lost two staff and two other persons in the four accidents with fatalities recorded by the company, while two staff and one other person were injured with three accidents that ended in only injuries.
The company also recorded one explosion during the period under review.
Yola Disco lost one staff and three other persons in four accidents, while one accident ended in only injuries suffered by a third party.
Enugu Disco, according to NEMSA ranking, lost two staff and one other person during the period.
Though Ikeja Disco recorded only two fatal accidents where it lost one staff and one third party, the company recorded the highest number of explosions, highest number of accidents with injuries and highest number of vehicular accidents, as well as environmental accidents among all the companies ranked.
The company recorded eight accidents with injuries where eight staff and one other were injured; five explosions; 19 vehicular accidents and three environmental accidents.
Eko Disco recorded only two fatal accidents where one staff and another person lost their lives.
TCN lost one staff in a fatal accident and also recorded five explosions, one vehicular accident and one accident where four staff sustained injuries.