The Safest Discos Network in Nigeria


A disco is an electricity distribution company which has acquired the necessary licenses involved to distribute power in a given state or region.

We currently have 11 electricity distribution company (Discos) in Nigeria regulated by The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).


nigerian discos
Source: Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors

  • Abuja Electricity Distribution PLC (AEDC)
  • Benin Electricity Distribution PLC (BEDC)
  • Eko Electricity Distribution PLC (EKEDC)
  • Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC)
  • Ibadan Electricity Distribution PLC (IBEDC)
  • Ikeja Electricity Distribution PLC (IKEDC)
  • Jos Electricity Distribution PLC (JEDC)
  • Kaduna Electricity Distribution PLC (KNEDC)
  • Kano Electricity Distribution PLC (KEDC)
  • Port-Harcourt Electricity Distribution PLC (PHEDC)
  • Yola Electricity Distribution PLC (YEDC)

What Government Body is in charge of Disco Safety?

The Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) is responsible for the safety of lives and property in the Nigerian electric supply industry.

NEMSA oversees the various DISCOS activities such as their physical electrical structures, buildings and the premises surrounding their power station or electricity poles.

Their main goal is to reduce the loss of lives and prevent accidents and bad electricity structures which could lead to the loss of lives and properties.

Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA)
Source: Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA)

Criteria for ranking the Safest Discos in Nigeria

The Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) stated on their website, the factors used for ranking the safest discos in Nigeria.
  1. Fatalities
  2. Major injuries
  3. Network Resolved

1. Fatalities (Number of deaths within the network)

The number of deaths within the network is a combination of the deaths from the staffs of the network and 3rd party involved.

2. Major Injuries

These are the number of persons that sustained serious to minor injuries.

3. Network resolved issues

These are the number of bad network issues and challenges a network resolves.
 
The Safest Disco Networks in Nigeria

The Safest Disco Networks in Nigeria

Source: NEMSA website

  1. Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC)

The Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) announced that EEDC is at the top of their safety ranking list for 2017.





Coverage Areas: Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and IMO state.

Address: No. 1 Okpara Avenue, Enugu, Enugu State.

  1. Ikeja Electricity Distribution PLC (IKEDC)




NEMSA ranked Ikeja Electricity Distribution PLC (IKEDC) has the second safest disco in Nigeria in 2017.




Coverage Areas: Parts of Lagos State (Abule Egba, Akowonjo, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Oshodi, Shomolu)

Address: Secretariat Road, Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos State.

  1. Eko Electricity Distribution PLC (EKEDC)


NEMSA ranked Ikeja Electricity Distribution PLC (IKEDC) has the
 third safest disco in Nigeria in 2017.




Coverage Areas: Southern Lagos State (Ojo, Festac, Ijora, Mushin, Orile, Apapa, Lekki, Ibeju), Lagos Island (including Ajele areas) and Ogun state (Specifically Agbara)

Address: No. 24/25 Marina Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.

7 Major Factors that can be attributed to accidents in the Power Sector

  1. System protection & Equipment failure
  2. The total absence of protection devices in some cases
  3. Poor maintenance of ageing networks, right-of-way issues
  4. Poor response to monitored networks and the use of substandard materials
  5. Non-adherence to safety rules and regulations
  6. Inadequate knowledge and ignorance on the part of the operators, customers and the general public.
  7. Vandalism

System Protection & Equipment failure

Equipment can fail for a couple of reasons but the most common in Nigeria is the purchase of fake equipment that appears cheaper with a guise of being able to perform at per with the original version.

This results in a high percentage of fake equipment which can stop working at any time or won’t reach its expiry date.

Some of these equipment includes system protection tools similar to the surge extension box we all use and love. System protection equipment protects the overall electricity system from high or low electrical currents or acts as a stabilizing mechanism.

The Total Absence of Protection Devices in some cases

Protection devices to be worn by the electrical operates are often non-existent or not good enough for the job and when something bad happens the protection device can’t help or protect the individual.

Poor Maintenance of Aging Network & Right-Of-Way issues

This is a common issue in Nigeria, regular maintenance fees are budgeted for but are not executed. Instead of monthly maintenance, it’s done maybe in 6 months and it’s not regular because of the high-level corruption in the country.

Right-Of-Way can be defined as the legal right to pass through ground or property not belonging to you and this can be an issue because when you set up and electrical pole beside a residential apartment because you have “right-of-way” it can lead to loss of lives.

Poor Response to Monitored Networks and Use of Substandard materials

This is another common problem in Nigeria. The lack of quick/rapid response and the high levels of corruptions would always influence individuals in power to purchase substandard materials which are aimed at increasing their profit margins or embezzlement.

Non-Adherence to Safety Rules and Regulations

Non-adherence to simple safety rules can lead to the instant death of an individual because we are talking about millions of electricity voltage which can be very harmful to humans if we don’t follow the safety rules and regulations.

Inadequate Knowledge and Ignorance

This is a widespread issue and it has deep roots in Nigeria because we see people getting employed for jobs they know nothing about and when push comes to shove, in a life or death situation the individual doesn’t know what to do because he lacks the knowledge or he/she is totally ignorant of the situation.

Vandalism

The destruction or damage of electrical equipment by hoodlums in the society is something that happens on a daily basis with some individuals refusing to pay their electricity bills and still refusing the consequence of not paying bills so they clash with electrical operators leading to vandalized poles and electrical equipments.



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