Nigerian Discos to curb power theft, vandalism with new app


Electricity distribution companies (Discos) have indicated they would be deploying a new online security programme called ‘Hawk Eye’ to monitor electricity theft and equipment vandalism in the country’s electricity distribution networks, ThisDay reports.

Developed by a Lagos-based technology firm, Web Assets Nigeria Ltd, the mobile application according to its developer could help Discos overcome the high rates of infrastructure vandalism, as well as theft of electricity and equipment in their networks. It was launched recently in Abuja, and would be expected to run on the platforms of Abuja and Eko Discos first before its potential massive deployment to other Discos.

The Chairman of Web Assets Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Kayode Adesuyi stated at the launch of the application, that Discos could reduce incidences of revenue losses due to power theft at their networks when they deploy it to their monitoring frameworks. Adesuyi stated that other Discos have equally showed interest in deploying the application to their networks but wanted the pilot to take off before they come on board.