FG deploys mobile app to stem power theft, vandalism, extortion
The federal government has reiterated its determination to stem vandalisation of national assets and infrastructures through all available legal means, including technology.
The assurance followed the launch of an internet-based application for electricity consumers that allow users to send real time messages and video images for instant response from the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC), Distribution Companies (Discos) and security agencies.
The National Security and Crime Reporting App, known as Hawk Eye App was the result of a partnership between NERC, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Huawei and Web Asset Ltd.
According to Kayode Aladesuyi, Web Asset Ltd’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the application was structured for complaints, information, tip-off and rescue among other features.
He said: “People stealing power through illegal tapping or stealing of electricity cables have caused greater problems for efficient and regular distribution of power nationwide. Stealing power is a great challenge, tapping power for free is detrimental to national development. Over 115 people died from live wire electrocution in 2015, which is regrettable because such incidents can be prevented if neighbours or witnesses have avenues to make reports for instant response from relevant authorities.”
The representative of NERC, Abdul Mohammed, Deputy General Manager (Engineering Standards) said the application was not only to ensure the safety of electricity infrastructures nationwide but also to bring electricity consumers closer to the Discos and NERC.
Harry Cui, who represented the technical partner, Huawei also guaranteed the success of the application saying that the country’s land mass and infrastructure challenges has made the usage of the application expedient.