The Commissioner for Energy in Kwara State, Hajia Mariam Ahmed Hassana, on Monday, warned electrical cable vandals and thieves to desist from the act as the state government is ready to deal with them.
She gave the warning in her office while hosting the people of Ilupeju-Lawal community, Madi in Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state, during a courtesy visit.
Hajia Ahmed said the government will henceforth go tougher with such criminals who she described as saboteurs of the spirited efforts of the state government at making basic amenities accessible to the citizens.
She urged communities to assist by being watchful and report any suspicious movement around electricity transformers to the law enforcement agencies.
The commissioner also announced the Ministry’s resolve to dispatch their officials for proper supervision of transformers, poles and other electricals in the public space.
She described the cable thieves and vandals as wicked elements who do not feel the agony they inflict on the innocent residents.
“We will henceforth go after the unpatriotic people and halt the ugly practice by ensuring a proper monitoring of those transformers, poles and other government’s properties.
“Enough of all this sabotage,” the Commissioner declared.
She thanked the team on their visit and promised to take steps on their request, saying their act of procuring transformer independently was symbolic of patriotism and highly commendable.
Earlier, Chairman of Ilupeju-Lawal Community, Mr. Oyebisi Jamiu Tunde, had lauded the masterstroke of the present administration in many key areas especially infrastructural development, calling Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq a catalyst of change in the state.
He requested the state government to assist the community in connecting the people to the grid and provide them with some electrical materials that will give them access to light.
Oyebisi, disclosed that the community had already purchased a transformer and dozens of poles as a way of complimenting the efforts of the government.