The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that effort to restore power supply to Maiduguri, Borno State capital, has progressed very well with the completion of foundation for a damaged high tower taking power to the city.
TCN in a statement by its General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah on Sunday said it is partnering with the Borno State government to quickly restore power to the area.
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.
Mbah explained that TCN has completed new foundation of Tower T159 and have equally procured all the necessary tower members and materials for the replacement of the other two damaged towers which are presently on ground at TCN’s Baga Road Substation in Maiduguri.
“Work is ongoing to make them ready for installation”, she added.
She disclosed that on Saturday, the TCN management team led by the Acting Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz; the Borno State officials led by the State Commissioner for Housing and Energy, Engr. Yuguda Sadeh Vungas and the Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company, Engr. Engr. Baba Umara Mustapha were at the TCN Maiduguri Work Centre for an on-the-spot inspection of the equipment/materials and ongoing fabrication work of the tower parts for the replacement of the damaged towers.
Speaking after the visit, Engr. Abdulaziz, assured the people that since all the necessary equipment, materials and workforce are on ground and fabrication work is ongoing, the reconstruction work proper would soon commence in earnest at the sites, as tower foundation has been completed.
“This means that electricity supply would be restored as quickly as possible on completion of the tower erection work”, he stated.
Engr. Abdulaziz explained that while the damaged towers reconstruction is on-going, TCN 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.
According to Engr. Abdulaziz, “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”.
Speaking on the transmission line in Damboa axis, Engr. Abdulaziz said that the reconductoring of the Damboa – Maidugiri 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”.
Earlier, the TCN Managing Director, while addressing its engineering staff working on the project, assured them of maximum support in every way to facilitate the speedy execution of the project and commended them for their commitment.
On his part, Engr. Vungas, 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 emphasized Prof Babagana Zulum, the Borno state Governor’s commitment to ensuring that light is restored in Maiduguri and environs and that he would do all it takes to lend the necessary assistance to TCN to facilitate the project.
He said: “The effort 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 citizen to have regular supply of electricity.
“Our own part is to ensure that security is provided for human safety and the movement of materials”.