The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), has warned members of the public who are in the habit of trading under the high tension lines in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and River states to desist from it.
The warning according the Manager, Corporate Communications, John Onyi does not exclude those who are planning or have already erected structures under the power lines.
He handed the warning during a public awareness campaign tagged “Why you should not trade under the high-tension lines” organized by PHED at Abulonma, Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
Onyi, stated that many lives have been lost due to non-adherence to safety standards, adding that a- fourteen year old boy lost his life when a line snapped on Abuloma 11kv feeder and rested on top of the building in October.
The Spokesman noted that a safe distance on 11Kv feeder stands at 5.5metres while 33kv is 12.5metres and not forgetting tolerance on 132kv lines at 25metres while on .415kv lines go for 1.5metres.
However, he noted with dismay that members of the public have habitually jettisoned the safety rules, hence the call for concerted effort in enforcing the safety standards in order to save lives by the relevant authorities.
To buttress this point, the UCCDA revealed its plan to embark on door to door safety awareness campaign on the dangers inherent in trading or living under the high lines.
He therefore emphasized that the company would not be held responsible in the event of any electrical accident under the high tension lines having repeatedly sensitized members of the public.