The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), yesterday, warned residents of Kaduna against dumping refuse near electricity transformers and poles.
The Public Affairs Manager, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Mohammad Idris, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the warning followed an increase in the habit in the state capital.
He said “it is a punishable offence to dump refuse near a transformer or a power pole. PHCN had assigned inspectors to identify such sites with a view to taking appropriate action.’’
Idris said many of such refuse dumps, especially in Anguwan Shanu area of Kaduna had been reported to the PHCN, saying the company would not hesitate to prosecute offenders.
He noted that apart from the health hazards of such habit to residents, the heap of garbage often triggered power surge which might blow up the transformers and collapse the electricity poles.
He, therefore, urged the Kaduna state government to provide adequate dump sites to curb indiscriminate disposal of refuse in the township. (NAN)