By Etuka Sunday
Officials of Nasarawa Region of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) have taken the company’s health, safety and environment (HSE) campaign to the Ta’al Model Nursery, Primary and Secondary School in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, where they admonished the scholars to avoid playing around electrical wires and also advise their parents not to build under high tension power lines.
Addressing the pupils and students after the distribution of 500 notebooks bearing safety messages at the school’s premises on Thursday, the AEDC’s Nasarawa Regional Manager, Alhaji Ameen Shakur said that while electricity has several benefits for human existence and comfort, it is also a dangerous product if not properly handled.
“We recognize and appreciate children as you happen to be leaders of tomorrow. This is why we have brought this awareness and simple safety tips to your school so that you can have adequate knowledge of measures to take on how electrical accident can be prevented. The campaign of today is to further assure you that you have a right to live an accident free life if the tips are obeyed,” said Shakur who was represented by the Regional Corporate Communications Officer, Mr. Rotimi Omisore.
A statement issued by Ahmed Shekarau, the company’s Head of Public Relations & Media at the weekend, said the Regional Manager also told the youngsters that as potential workers and users of electricity, the AEDC deliberately targeted them with its HSE campaign so that they began to have knowledge of how electrical accidents can be avoided.
The statement said Shakur also disclosed that the donation of books was part of AEDC’s 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects, and that the choice of the school was to further actualize the commitment of the Nasarawa State Government to the education of the teeming youths in the state.
Responding on behalf of the school, Principal of the secondary
section, Mallam Hamza Maina expressed gratitude to AEDC for the gesture and for selecting the school out of many in the state, and assured the company that the management of the school would also ensure electrical safety as part of its curriculum.
The statement said under its 2017 CSR projects, AEDC is among other things distributing a total of 20,000 exercise books to students and pupils in FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states in order to introduce safe usage of electricity to young Nigerians. Similar HSE campaigns were carried out at the LEA Primary School in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, as well as the Kofar Hausa Primary School in Keffi, Nasarawa State.