Lagos community panics over streetlight under high-tension cable

Some residents and business owners on Daddy Savage Street, in the Fagba area of Lagos State, have accused a yet-to-be-identified contractor of putting their lives at risk after installing a streetlight directly under a high-tension cable.

During a visit to the community, PUNCH Metro observed that the streetlight was installed about two weeks ago.

A resident, Isa Olatunji, said the streetlight was life threatening as he demanded urgent government intervention to avert any tragedy.

He said, “I noticed this life-threatening work done by the contractor on Friday morning. If the high tension cable gets closer to the streetlight, someone can get electrocuted. We want the appropriate quarters to do the needful to shift the streetlight pole away from the high tension wire.

“As you can see, other ones are safer, but this particular one is just too close and it might be blown by the breeze.”

Another resident, Adeola Samuel, said several complaints to the Chairman, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area, Usman Hamzat, on the “shoddy job” were ignored.

“The moment I got the information, I took it straight to the chairman of the local government and I made him realise that he should go and do something about it. He has not responded to my message,” he added.

Attempts by our correspondent to reach Hamzat proved abortive as calls and a text message to his phone line were not replied.

The Head of Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric, Felix Ofulue, said it was the responsibility of the Lagos State Electricity Board to look into the case.

“It is not for us to react because our pole was there in the first place. But we will alert the state electricity board,” Ofulue added.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, promised to do something about the complaint.

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