28 February 2018, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The 132kV double circuit transmission line being constructed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, from New Haven in Enugu through 9th Mile to Nsukka has been vandalised by unknown persons.
The act was carried out at the Eziama Nike village in Enugu East, Enugu State.
According to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, the development would hinder prompt energising of two new transmission substations.
TCN said in a statement by its General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, that from the 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 and the Nsukka 1x30MVA substations.
It added that the vandalised double circuit lines would slow down the pace of work on that line route and hinder prompt energising of the two new transmission substations, as the transmission lines would have to be completed before the substations can be energised.
According to the statement, another transmission line was recently vandalised along Alulu Nike, still in Enugu State, destroying four towers.
The company appealed to members of the public, particularly those residing in communities around its installations, to assist it in its fight “against vandalism of our collective national asset”. Destroying such assets is tantamount to sabotaging the development of the nation, TCN said.