Residents of Pedro, Bariga, Lagos, have raised the alarm over falling electricity poles in front of some houses in the area. Particularly affected are houses 58, 60 and 62 on Igi-Olugbin Street in the community.
The residents said the condition of the poles had become so precarious that if nothing was done quickly to address it, it could result in loss of lives and property. The residents in a letter to PUNCH Metro and signed by Richard Willoughby called on the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to save the people from the impending disaster.
The letter reads in part, “It may interest you that the single pole in front of the middle bungalow at 60, Igi-Olugbin Street began to reduce from 90 degree as far back as 1992. Over the past 20 years, its angle from the ground kept reducing as each day passes by.
“As you will observe, we (the occupants) of the house had to fortify the base of the pole with concrete which has helped to keep it standing. “It is evidenced that the twin pole distributor from the transformer further down on Igi-Olugbin/Ogunbekun Street Junction, has also tilted in the same direction.
“We have complained verbally and in writing to the nearest PHCN Undertaking in Gbagada without any response. Their field officers on connection or disconnection duty notice the problem and turn blind eyes.