By Francis Ogwo
It’s a common phenomenon when residents of a community scream ‘Up NEPA’ when power supply is restored.This was the assurance give to Maiduguri residents and its environs by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with the support of the Borno State Government.
According to reports, electricity supply was interrupted following the damage of its high tension towers T159, T160 and T161 of 330kV Damaturu-Maiduguri Transmission Line in the North-East.
The Company’s Acting Managing Director, Engr Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, who led a management team to the site, on Saturday, assured that since all necessary equipment, materials and workforce are on the ground and fabrication work is ongoing, reconstruction work would soon commence at the sites, as the tower foundation has been completed. This means that the electricity supply would be restored as quickly as possible on completion of the tower erection work.
Abdulazeez, while confirming the completion of a new foundation of Tower T159, said equally all the necessary tower members and materials for the replacement of the other two damaged towers have been procured.
Engr Abdulaziz further explained that while the damaged towers reconstruction is on-going, it is also temporarily constructing a by-pass line for temporary diversion of the line which would more readily ensure supply to the affected areas before the main tower structures are completed.
“First of all, I want to apologise on behalf TCN over what happened in Maiduguri and the North East as a whole, we understand the urgent need for power supply especially in this axis at this time, I want to assure you that the TCN is committed to doing all that is possible to make sure that the power supply is restored as quickly as possible.
“All the materials you see here will be installed very quickly, you can see all the materials, the conductors, composite insulators, channel irons and you can see our workforce at work already, fabricating the parts. Everybody is working, and they have been working every day, Saturday and Sunday inclusive. This is because we are bent on ensuring that light is restored as soon as possible in Maiduguri and environs,” he said.
Speaking on the transmission line in Damboa axis, Engr Abdulaziz said that the reconductoring of the Damboa-Maiduguri transmission line has been procured and work would soon start on the project.
“When completed, the line will serve as a second source of power supply to Maiduguri and environs,”he added.
The Borno State Commissioner for Housing and Energy, Engr Yuguda Sadeh Vungas, while speaking on behalf of the Borno State Governor, assured that the government would provide the necessary support and security for the work to be accomplished very quickly.
He affirmed that the governor’s commitment to ensuring that light is restored in Maiduguri and the environs and that he would do all it takes to lend the necessary assistance to TCN to facilitate the project.
He said: “The efforts of the state government is to provide the necessary support and equipment for the Transmission Company of Nigeria to reconnect the state to the national grid for his citizens to have a regular supply of electricity.
“Our own part is to ensure that security is provided for human safety and the movement of materials.”