Relevant government agencies in Nigeria have been asked to impose sanctions on utility companies for poorly installed infrastructure.
The Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita said this when she paid a visit to some survivors of a recent electrocution at a football viewing centre in Calabar, Cross River State.
She advised all electricity distribution companies to be efficient and diligent as they serve the people.
According to her, “the rate at which people suffer harm and death due to faulty installations and inadequacies of some of these utility companies is a cause for concern…I believe it is high time the government held electricity distribution companies accountable for this kind of mishap. The youths just wanted to enjoy themselves and many Nigerians enjoy watching football at viewing centres.”
She therefore advised that, “Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC and other distribution companies should be diligent. Electricity providers should be more careful in the discharge of their functions and be sanctioned whenever they go wrong because it is their duty to ensure that their installations are maintained.’’
Mrs Oyo-Ita commended the management of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for effectively mobilising treatment for burned victims, stressing that the prompt response secured the lives of the survivors. She commiserated with families of the deceased.
On the financial needs of the hospital, Oyo-Ita urged the management to seek collaboration with international donor agencies.
“There is a need for your budget to seriously have some boost. But, with the general economic challenge, you would need to reach out to international donors. With what I have seen here, there are lots of opportunities for international liaisons,” the Head Service stated.
“I can see that the hospital is quite large and there is still more work to be done. More so as you provide healthcare not just to Cross Riverians, but to neighbouring States, international communities like Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea,”Mrs Oyo-Ita said.
She also expressed appreciation to the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade for undertaking to transfer the worst affected survivor overseas for proper medical attention, noting that the case called for extensive and cost intensive surgical procedure.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita was received and conducted round the ward and facility of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital by the Chief Medical Director, Professor Thomas Agan.
The Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Professor Thomas Agan had solicited for funds from government and the public for proper treatment of the survivors.
Agan had called on the government to increase funding for infrastructure development.
“There is need for increased funding…Our facilities are overstretched because we are serving both Cross River, Benue and Southern Cameroon including Equatorial Guinea. In the past few weeks, there has been an influx of patients from Southern Camerooon,’’ he lamented.