*TCN Deploys Technical Crew For Repairs
*Security Agency Trail Culprits
By CLEMENT NWOJI, Abuja
The reckless activities of wood loggers in Ukana town, by Nineth Mile-Nsukka road, Enugu, have led to the damage of the transmission line between Oji River and Nsukka in Enugu State, according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
However, TCN said even as it has deployed its technical crew to effect the repairs of the damaged line, restore transmission and power supplies within the environment, it has also reported the incident to law enforcement agencies who are on the trail of the culprits to bring them to book.
The TCN General Manager (Public Affairs), Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, in a statement explained that the incident led to cutting off electricity supply to the 2x 7.5MVA 66/11KV transmission Substation in Nsukka, which supplies electricity to Nsukka town in Enugu State.
She gave details of how the incident was discovered by TCN saying, ” when several attempts to transmit electricity through its 66kV transmission line failed, it dispatched its lines patrol team who discovered that loggers fell an Iroko tree which damaged three spans of conductors and cross arms of towers 60 to 64.”
She assured that the TCN’s technical crew had already visited the site and assessed the extent of damage to the line, while towers and materials were already being sourced from the company’s stores to repair the damage and restore service.
Although, the replacement works is expected to be completed within four days, she said that the incident had been reported to security agencies who were currently conducting investigations with the view to apprehending the culprits.
She apologized for the attendant discomfort to electricity consumers in Nsukka Town, adding that TCN would do everything possible to ensure that the transmission line is quickly restored to service.
Further, she appealed to those who have information about the loggers to report to nearest security agency or TCN office.