04 April 2014, Makurdi – The Makurdi Business Unit of Jos Electricity Distribution Company, on Thursday said rainstorm had destroyed more than 100 electricity poles on Wednesday night in parts of Benue State.
The rainstorm had also destroyed houses and pushed down many trees in Makurdi, the state capital.
The business manager of the unit, Mr John Emeruwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi that the company had sustained “colossal damage” in the incident.
He said, “The storm had caused colossal damage to our facilities in three towns, Otupko, Ugbokolo and Makurdi.
“More than 100 electrical poles were destroyed in Makurdi alone. The damage is immense; we have already informed our head office in Jos.
“Otukpo and Ugbokolo also had similar incidents but it was not like that of Makurdi. This is going to cost a lot to fix.”
Emeruwa however assured the company’s customers that full electricity supply to Makurdi and its environs would be restored soon.
“The process of power restoration is on. It is not a day’s job,” he said.
He commended security agencies, especially the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps for protecting public and private facilities in the state.
– The Punch