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TCN laments destruction of critical power installations by vandals

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TCN laments destruction of critical power installations by vandals

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Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

By Constance Athekame

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said one of its critical infrastructures, the Shiroro-Katampe 330 Kilo Volt (kV) transmission line has been vandalised, the fifth such incident between February and March this year.

The company said the incident adds to a series of vandalism incidents recorded on its facilities, including the destruction of Tower 70 along the Gwagwalade-Katampe transmission line on Feb. 26.

Mrs Ndidi Mbah, TCN’ ‘s General Manager, Public Affairs said in a statement in Abuja that at approximately 9 a.m. on Sunday, the Shiroro-Katampe transmission line experienced a trip.

She said that following initial investigations, TCN engineers attempted to restore operation, but were unsuccessful.

”Subsequently, efforts were made to identify the fault location. Hence, linesmen were dispatched to physically patrol the suspected area.

”During the fault tracing process, the vigilante team leaders in the vicinity notified TCN linesmen of vandalism along the transmission line.

“The company’s personnel confirmed the vandalisation of the transmission line 1, from Towers 244 to 245, and the conductors stolen,” she said.

According to her, the company is currently mobilising for conductor replacement, pending the completion of security operations at the site.

“The second line remains fully operational, in conjunction with the Gwagwalada 330kV line serving the Kukwaba-Apo axis.”

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She said that the wheeling capacity of TCN towards Abuja and environs would be enhanced by the Lokoja – Gwagwalada 330kV transmission line.

”The company is working hard to minimise the adverse effect of these acts of sabotage on bulk power supply to Abuja and environs.

”This incident adds to a series of vandalism incidents recorded by TCN in February, including the destruction of Tower 70 along the Gwagwalade-Katampe transmission line on Feb. 26.

”Other incidents include the vandalisation of towers 377 and 378 along the Gombe-Damaturu 330kV transmission line on Feb. 23,” she said.

Mbah said that there was also an attack on towers 145 to 149 and 201 to 218 along the Owerri-Ahoda 132kV transmission line on Feb. 15.

She said that on Feb. 1, Tower 388 along the Jos-Bauchi 132kV single circuit transmission line also collapsed due to vandalism.

According to Mbah, these acts of sabotage are unacceptable and urged relevant security agencies and host communities to collaborate in apprehending the perpetrators.

”Protection of the nation’s transmission infrastructure is paramount, and collective efforts are required to curb these incidents.

”The company calls on all Nigerians to assist in reporting such acts of vandalism. Electricity infrastructure is a national asset, and safeguarding it is a collective responsibility,” she said.

(NAN)

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