Demolish Structures Under High-Tension Power Lines, Reps tell Agencies
The House of Representatives has called for demolition of buildings and other structures under high-tension power lines across Nigeria.
The call was based on a motion moved at the plenary on Wednesday by Kolawole Musibau, titled, ‘Need to Enforce the Law Forbidding Erection of Buildings and Structures under High Tension Electric Cables.’
Moving the motion, Musibau noted the “indiscriminate and unlawful” erection of buildings under high-tension electric cables all over the country as well as commercial activities taking place on the right of way of the high-tension electric cables.
The lawmaker noted that there are existing laws that forbid erection of buildings under electric high tension wires which specify a 50 meters’ distance between power lines and buildings.
He also noted the laid down safety standards for electric installations in the country and the efforts of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency towards reducing electricity accidents all over the country.
Musibau said, “The House is concerned that people build and transact businesses under 33KVA power transmission lines and, therefore, susceptible to be electrocuted as many Nigerians had met their untimely deaths as a result of either doing business or building under high-tension electric cables which are not maintained and have not been changed over the years since they were installed.”
Consequently, the House urged the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency and other relevant agencies to “as a matter of urgency, demolish all buildings and structures under high-tension electric cables all over the country.”
The House also urged the Ministry of Power to ensure the maintenance of high-tension cables as they are time bound and to carry out repairs and maintenance not just when an accident occurs.”