MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Residents of Owode-Ajegunle area of Lagos have been advised to stop patronizing”street electricians” in illegally connecting light from Ikeja Electric
Distribution Company (IKEDC) facilities in other to stop the increasing incidence of electrocution in the area.
The advice came at a stakeholders’ meeting summoned by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Owode- Ajegunle Division of the Lagos State Police
Command, Charles Sawyerr; a Superintendent of Police on Thursday.
At the meeting, the DPO has taken time to elaborate on police functions which primarily hinge on maintenance of law and order, prevention of crime
and protection of lives and properties. He solicited the cooperation of residents of the Owode community in ensuring that peace was maintained at all times as absence of it would always lead to breakdown of law and order.
The IKEDC manager in charge of the Owode-Ajegunle area, Mr. F. Olatunde and his security and safety manager, Engr. Alimi spoke extensively on the activities of IKEDC, their processes, current level of performance and different measures put in place to serve the residents better.
The IKEDC officials appealed to members of the public to be closer to the company and always be patient to ask questions on issues relating to electricity instead of resorting to self help which often times ends in unnecessary deaths.
Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the Owode-Ajegunle Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Mr. Adebisi Adeniyi appealed to members of the community not to patronise those he referred to as “street electricians” due to inherent dangers in acting illegally. He enjoined IKEDC managers
to always communicate their processes of activities and responses to the residents for better understanding so as to reduce the incidence of self help.
AtlanticNewsonline gathered that no fewer than four persons in the area have died in the process of illegally tampering with IKEDC facilities in recent time. So both the police, IKEDC and PCRC have cautioned against indulgence to avoid further loss of life.
One of the highlights of the stakeholders’ meeting beside the questions and answers session was the demonstration of how to render Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) assistance in emergency situations. The demonstration was carried out by Dr. Bassey, the Medical Doctor of Dan’s Hospital located in the community.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique that is useful in many emergencies such as a heart attack or near drowning in which someone’s breathing or heart beat has stopped.