The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has said that Nigeria’s power sector recorded its worst monthly electrocution record in April 2017, when it reported 17 deaths across the country, ThisDay reports.

NEMSA disclosed in its monthly safety report and ranking of the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) which it presented to operators at their last monthly meeting in Jos, that the accidents involved staff of operators and third parties. It explained that these occurred on the back of failures of system protection equipment; poor response to monitored networks and use of substandard materials; and non-adherence to safety rules and regulations.

The company also identified total absence of protection devices; and inadequate knowledge and ignorance on the part of operators and consumers as some of the causes of the accidents. According to NEMSA, Abuja; Ibadan; Kano; Port Harcourt; Enugu; and Jos Discos accounted for eight of the accidents, which resulted to 17 deaths within the period under review. The Discos, it stated also recorded major injuries with Port Harcourt, leading in this, and subsequently ranking as the worst performing operator.