Following incessant vandalisation of transmission towers in Maiduguri by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), the federal Government has estimated that it has incurred over N1.7 billon losses.
It would be recalled that the latest blowing up of four transmission towers belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) occured on September 17, 2021 in Garin Kuturu Village, about two kilometres away from Auno along Maiduguri-Damaturu road.
Similar attacks had earlier occurred
early in January, 2021, resulting to blowing down of three high tension transmission towers along Maiduguri-Damaturu road. This threw Maiduguri and it’s environs into total darkness for several months.
The Minister of power, Abubakar Aliyu, represented by the TCN Managing Director, Engr. Sule Abdulaziz made these disclosures in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
Saying that TCN lost a total of ₦1.7 billion due to vandalism of its structures in the NorthEast with an average loss of N139 million on wheeling charges, he noted that the loss recorded was on vandalised electricity lines at an average of 740 megawatts per day.
According to Engr. Abdulaziz, a total of eight 330Kv towers had been brought down by insurgents in Damaturu and Maiduguri within the period, adding that the average cost of reconstructing each tower is about N110 million, translating to about N880 million.
“Five towers were successfully erected and stringing completed in September. 17, awaiting energisation before the insurgents brought down another two sets of the tower (1193 and 1194) at Auna village the next day, September 18″, he said.
L-R: The MD of Yola DisCo, Engr. Baba Mustapha; Acting Managing Director TCN, Engr. Sule Abdulaziz and Borno State Commissioner for Housing and Energy, Engr. Yuguda Sadeh Vungas, alongside some top Management staff of TCN.