The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman has appealed to Nigerians to assume ownership of the various electricity installations in their respective communities, to guard against sabotage, vandalism and natural disasters like erosion and bush burning.
Mamman urged citizens to take responsibility for protecting the public utilities as the best guarantee of ensuring steady and uninterrupted electricity supply to their areas.
“The people should raise alarm and report to security officials whenever they see people tampering with power equipment”.
A statement from his office on Tuesday said he made the appeal when he received the Paramount Ruler of Ipetu-Ijesa Kingdom of Osun Sate, Oba Samson Adeleke Agunbiade Oke who was on a thank you visit to the Ministry of Power.
The Minister stated that it was the desire of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to supply electricity to every community in Nigeria, but that the efforts was being constrained by the sabotage and willful damage to electricity installations across the country.
The Minister said he was greatly pained by the recent destruction of the power tower supplying electricity to Maiduguri, which was recently restored by the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
He added: “This act of desperate and wicked damage of public utilities should not be a justifiable means for any agitation”.
Engr. Sale Mamman advised the Ipetu-ijesha Kingdom to provide adequate security protection for the newly restored equipment to guard against future destructions.
Earlier, the Paramount Ruler of Ipetu-Ayesha Kingdom, Oba Samson Adeleke Agunbiade III explained that his people had endured many years of hardship following the damage of their electrical equipment.
However, following a letter of complaint to the Minister of Power, the Ministry moved swiftly to install seven new transformers and transmission lines to restore power to the entire Kingdom.
Oba Agunbiade who described his Kingdom as the largest in Osun State expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Power and the Federal Government for “this unprecedented intervention”.
“We see this as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to make life better for citizens” he added
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had three days ago disclosed that two towers along the Damaturu – Maidugiri 330kV Transmission Line have again been vandalized by insurgents, after it had made concerted effort and restored power to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on 24th March, 2021, two months after the first incident.
TCN said the incident which occurred at about 5.56am last Saturday again cut power supply to Maiduguri and its environs.
“This time, the insurgents chain bombed two other towers; T152 and T153 along the same line route of the other incident,” it added.