By CLEMENT NWOJI, Abuja
Yet to be identified vandals have destroyed an ongoing 132kV Double Circuit transmission line from New Haven through 9th Mile to Nsukka, being constructed by Niger Delta Power Holding Company ( NDPHC) at the Eziama Nike village in Enugu East, Enugu State.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) explained that from assessment of the site of the incident by its engineers, the 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.
According to a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, TCN noted that the vandalised double circuit lines would slow down the pace of work on that line 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 energized.
Mbah said another transmission line was recently vandalized along Alulu Nike, still in Enugu State destroying four towers.
These unpatriotic acts she said, are threatening transmission expansion efforts in the state, as time and funds would now be put into replacing the vandalized lines and towers instead of completing and energizing them.
The company appealed to members of the public particularly those residing in communities around its installations to assist it in the fight against vandalisation of collective national asset.
Destroying such assets is tantamount to sabotaging the development of the nation, the TCN added.