The Edo State Government has ordered the immediate removal of structures, temporary or permanent, under high electricity transmission cables in the state.
The government said the order for removal was due to the health hazards associated with structures under this cable.
The order followed a resolution reached at the weekly Executive Council Meeting presided over by the Chairman-in-Council and Governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at Government House in Benin City, today.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the Exco meeting.Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr. Paul Ohonbamu, explained that state government was concerned about the health and safety of Edo people and as a result has directed that all structures located under High power transmission cables be removed immediately.
According to him, ‘’The radiation from high tension electricity lines has been linked to cancer, and there is also imminent danger of electrocution and incineration,” Ohonbamu said and assured that massive sensitisation campaigns would be done to ensure that members of the public comply with the safety rule.
On the threat to lives and property in the state, the commissioner stated that the State Executive Council urged Edo people to go about their daily duties as the government was determined to ensure their safety and protection.
In his words, “Security would be beefed up in all the institutions of the state including hospitals, government offices and schools amongst other places,”
He clarified that the ongoing promotion examination for public servants in the state was not to sack any one from the state civil service as being speculated in some quarters .