Marvellous! UNILORIN develops device to check electricity theft

The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Ilorin, has developed a prototype anti-theft device that can remotely monitor and detect customers stealing electricity.

Acting head of the department, Engr. M. Akorede, who developed the device together with some students, said that the device can also cut the main supply to the location of such illegal act, and also send a message to the utility control room simultaneously to alert the system operator with the customers’ details displayed on the control panel.

Premium Times reports that the Unilorin Laboratory to Product Centre (LABTOP) has started the processes for patenting the invention, according to Engr. Akorede. The students, who are currently on National Youth Service, are T. Olalekan, R. Adepoju, D. Itodo and M. Dickson.

Engr. Akorede noted that the invention is now up to the standard that it can be patented.

“I have brought this to the attention of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) although not officially… if adopted, the device would enable distribution companies to cut their commercial losses substantially.”

He. However, pointed out that the tripartite arms of generation, transmission and distribution lack adequate funding in the sense that some of their equipment are over-aged and need to be replaced.

“They need funding to expand their facilities such that a transformer, for example, will not be overloaded, because if power is supplied to an overloaded transformer, it means the customers will not enjoy good quality electricity supply,” he said.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. Simon Chiamaka Peace

    Marvellous indeed… this is what we Nigerians need so as to reduce the level of electricity theft in our country

    Quiz no 89
    Group 11

  2. Okeke Chiamaka Gabriella

    I hope this will help stop the stealing of electricity, because we Nigerians are fond of this act.

    Quiz no 21
    Group 15A

  3. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    It’s really a great development of unilorin in the creation of the anti theft prototype which will help demolish the crime rate in the school
    Quiz number 108
    Group 3

  4. That’s so beautiful, thank God for Education.

  5. Moses Sunday ogbu

    it is a great development, I opines that if such electric will be official it will help many companies in the country to proliferate their production. group 5. quiz no(88)

  6. it’s a good work!,I think with all these technologies,life would be made easier for the students and will also help to fight illegal acts and funds should be supplied to them to support the good technique(2016054129)

  7. This is a right step taken to curb electricity theft kudos to the lecturers and students who made this project a reality.
    Quiz no:103

  8. It is indeed a good development that will enable nepa suppliers and the commerical u. users. Quiz no:3

  9. That is realy a good one for the school.kudus to the lectures and the student that made the propose electricity detecting machine come to limelight.

  10. well I think by creating this it will reduce the high rate of electricity theft and I strongly believe that with adequate funding it will b a success.
    quiz no:64

  11. Omenuko Adaobi promise

    This is a really good Innovation
    Proud of the nigerian Education we are getting there.
    Quiz no 129

  12. Chidozie Chiazokam Jennifer

    Tumbs up to them is really a wonderful idea.
    quiz no:150

  13. Emechebe chiamaka precious

    that really wonderful,amazing they among the top ten best university kip d gud work
    159
    group 15a

  14. nwankwo chinaza blessing

    wow what a wonderful idea the government should try to make this more official to help in the development of the country.
    quiz no:12

  15. this is wonderful, it will help to reduce the rate of electricity theft
    quiz no:94, group :6

  16. Wow this is really going to reduce d stealiwpf electricity in d country
    reg no:2016054050
    quiz no:118

  17. Thats really a good idea to come up with,at least the rate of theft will reduce.
    Quiz no:72
    Group 1

  18. that a great invention you know..
    quiz no 158
    group 15

  19. waow!!,this is really wonderful,providing anti-theft device that can remotely monitor,avoid and detect customers stealing the electricity
    quiz no:98
    group8

  20. wow!!! This is great ,at least it will minimize the illegal act of stealing electricity
    group2
    quiz no- 139

  21. Chineze Kate Ozobia

    This is definitely a good development. We should not wait for the government to supply all the solution to our problems. If only private companies would give a helping hand in developing this yet to be effective source of electrical anti-theft device. Group15 01

  22. Good work! What a great improvement. Finally this country is heading somewhere

  23. this is a great step to development….110

  24. Onyia Ogochukwu Mary

    This is really a good development.
    It will reduce the rate of electricity theft.

  25. This is a good innovation. With this development life will be much better for students and Nigeria will be better country. Anwuka chetach assumpta. 2016054027D/E (46)

  26. This is really wonderful and I believe that this helps in development of Electricity to students
    Group 1
    Quiz no 120

  27. wow what a nice upgrade at least with the help of this new procedure the high rate of electricity theft will be reduced

  28. this is great so happy for this great innovation.
    Reg no:2016054018
    Group :5

  29. this Is very good and I hope that Nigeria will adopt and make use of it to reduce crimes.

    nwufo Vivian chidimma
    quiz no:144
    group 2

  30. Nice way of contributing to Nigeria’s success.
    (102)

  31. Great way of contributing to Nigeria’s success.
    (102)

  32. udorji ozioma yvonne

    Thank God cos knowledge is the root of all success.(32)reg no

  33. Ogbonna Divine c

    wonderful
    wish others could emulate this wise step

  34. Thanks to technology, electrical theft will decrease.Nigerian students are getting more innovative.

  35. Wow…. This is what our country Nigeria need in other to reduce theft in our country. I like the new development

  36. Agina Gloria Ebele

    Indeed this will help to curb the problem of electricity theft in the country .Quiz no: 76,Group 7.

  37. Chidume happiness. C.

    Woow! This is wonderful, thank God for education. Quiz no 102

  38. Nwankwo onyinye grace

    Congratulations to them… Putting your best will always pay at last…. They have done a great job

  39. UMEAKU SOMTO ONYEDIKA

    Woah
    nice invention
    No.111

  40. wow this is beautiful, this is what we need from Nigerians, at least the world will begin to see our creativity and not just his corrupt we are

  41. Wow this is a great work well done. I must say the Nigerian Educational system is really progressing.
    Group 8
    Quiz number 97

  42. Ibeh Ifunanya Cynthia

    Quiz no:154 group:13
    This is brilliant

  43. chisom Janefrances

    this is best idea ever.Nice one

  44. ogbonna ozioma Florence

    It is a welcome development.good job Uniilorin

  45. Thank God for technology oo, good one.quiz no 8 group 11.

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