The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has provided an insight into how two spans of conductors, insulators and other accessories from the towers and transmission lines on the vandalised 132kV Double Circuit transmission line disappeared.
The line is being constructed by Niger Delta Holding Power Company (NDHPC) from New Haven through 9th Mile to Nsukka.
From the assessment of the site of the incident by engineers, the TCN, in a statement, said suspected vandals carted away two spans of conductors, insulators and other accessories from the towers and transmission lines through which the company plans to feed the new 9th Mile 2x60MVA 132/33kV substation and the Nsukka 1x30MVA substations.
In the statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that the vandalised double circuit lines would slow down the pace of work on that route and hinder prompt energizing of the two new transmission substations, as the transmission lines would have to be completed before the substations can be energised.
According to the statement, another transmission line was recently vandalised along Alulu Nike, still in Enugu State, destroying four towers.
These unpatriotic acts, it said, were threatening transmission expansion efforts in the state, as time and funds would now be put into replacing the vandalised lines and towers instead of completing and energising them.
The company appealed to members of the public particularly those residing in communities around its installations to assist it in this fight against vandalism of the nation’s national asset. Destroying such assets is tantamount to sabotaging the development of the nation.
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