By Agatha Chitumu, Abuja
DAILY COURIER – Nine out of the 65 towers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria along the Papalanto/Abeokuta 132KV transmission line has collapsed.
A statement dated 23rd May 2023 by the GM, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah stated that only 56 towers out of the existing 65 is functioning presently.
The statement attributed the cause to activities of vandals. “The towers located in the Obafemi Owode area of Ogun State were all massively vandalized, leading to their collapse,” the statement added.
According to the General Manager (T) Lagos Region, Engr. Mojeed Akintola, the towers collapse, was discovered after a tripping was recorded, and a team was dispatched to trace the fault, leading to the discovery of the collapsed towers.
As a result, Abeokuta and environs are presently out of power supply even as efforts are ongoing to supply bulk electricity through an alternate line, to enable Ibadan DisCo distribute electricity to its customers whose supply is affected by the incident.
The GM condemned the activities of vandals, stating that their nafarious acts negatively impacts the grid expansion efforts of the company.
Also, resources that would have been used to further improve the grid infrastructure in Ogun State would now be used to replace the vandalized towers.
TCN has therefore appeal to host communities to work with her to protect common national assets.