Hawk Eye, a new mobile app which the developers say will help cut down on activities of vandals and energy thieves in the electricity industry has been introduced into the country.
According to the developers, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, enables electricity distribution companies to address challenges of infrastructure, such as vandalism resulting from the theft of transformer parts and loss of revenue due to power theft, according to the firm.
Hawk Eye would enable mobile phone users to report different types of crimes including service complaints.
With this, users could select crime types, capture and send videos, images or text messages of the crime, the firm said, adding that the crime report would be directed to the responsible security agencies for immediate response.
According to Kayode Aladesuyi, the Chairman, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, developers of the software, about 30 per cent of power loss in the country was attributable to power theft.
Aladesuyi also said that the software which has been placed for free download at the insistence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, would be applicable to other areas including security and financial crimes as it could be used to send reports to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
At the official launch of the software in Abuja, the acting Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Anthony Akah, said the use of the software would enable electricity distribution companies in the country to record a significant decline in power theft and vandalism.
Akah, who was represented at the event by the Deputy General Manager, Engineering and Standards, Mr. Abdul Mohammed, said the app would transform the manual reporting system that was already established in the electricity industry by NERC.
He charged customers who complain about utility rates to keep an ‘eagle eye’ on neighbours illegally tapping into utility poles, thereby keying into the change agenda.
The Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, expressed the confidence of the company in the new software to assist in checking crimes in the power sector.
He also said that the company was addressing the issue of dilapidated electricity distribution infrastructure in rural communities within the company’s area of coverage.