The deputy governor of Oyo State, Moses Adeyemo, has ordered the immediate demolition of all the structures under the high tension cable on the Apata-Bembow Road in Ibadan where 5 persons, including a pregnant woman and a nursing mother, were electrocuted on Monday morning.
Mr. Adeyemo, who gave the order on Tuesday when he paid a visit to the affected market in Apata, Ibadan, said that trading under high tension cable constitutes great danger to the lives of both traders and buyers in the market.
He urged the traders at the market to cooperate with the government by vacating the area to avoid another occurrence.
He directed the Chairman of Ibadan South-West Local Government Council, Mr Taoheed Adeleke, to find another suitable place where the market serving the people of the area would be relocated.
Meanwhile, the Principal Manager, Public Relations of the PHCN, Jide Oyenuga, has sympathised with the family of the victims and also advised the public on how to avert a recurrence.
“We once again remind the general public of the Town and Regional Planning Law which stipulates that the mandatory distance of 5.5 metres, 15.5m and 25m must be observed as setbacks in relation to low tension, 11 KV and 33 KV lines respectively in order to avoid any form of accident in the event of line failures,” he said in a press release on Tuesday.
The release urged the public to bear in mind that electrical materials are persistently exposed to nature which makes them vulnerable to wear and tear, adding that the accident can happen without notice within technical limitations.
“In view of this accident, we once again call on all who have structures under the power lines to relocate them immediately to save lives and properties while we enjoin the relevant authorities to enforce the law and regulation on the environment.
“Meanwhile, the affected area had been isolated for further investigation,” the release said.