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Illegal structures under IPP transmission lines to go – NDPHC

Power transmission towers08 May 2013, Lagos – All illegal structures along the right of way of power transmission lines are soon to be demolished, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, has said.

Mr. James Olotu, Managing Director of NDPHC, owners of National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, disclosed this in a chat with journalists in connection with illegal structures erected along the right of way of the IPPs.

Olotu maintained that it was wrong for any one to build or do business on government right of way or under high tension power transmission towers across the country.

According to him, some illegal structures exist along the right of way in Oke-Aro area of Ogun State, which government would not hesitate to demolish, just as in other parts of the country.

He said the ongoing project at Oke-Aro injection sub-station was the biggest transmission project and that the three tiers of government financed it adequately, adding that where the six transmission cable lines would pass through to supply power to Nigerians had been illegally acquired.

“The high tension line will be moving in the direction of the house you built, you would have obtained right of way on the power line.

“Prior to now, we actually went to inform them to desist before it’s too late,” he said.

The NDPHC boss stated that it’s not advisable to build under the tower and urged the people to stop building and seek government and land owners’
consent first.

“We are not going to pay compensation to anybody who builds on our right of way that has been acquired before your illegal building,” he stressed.

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