Blackout: TCN reassures northeast governors May 27 deadline

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has reassured the North East Governors Forum (NEGF), that it is doing everything possible to restore power supply to the region by May 27.

The General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, said this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mbah said the company was doing everything possible in its power to ensure the restoration of power supply to the North Eastern axis of the country.

TCN had on May 10, promised to restore power to the axis.

“We are very aware that the lack of power supply presents significant difficulties and challenges. We understand the concerns of the governors for their people and the day-to-day running of governance and businesses.

“We are not happy about the situation. Our team has been tirelessly working to rebuild the four towers destroyed by vandals, and we will not rest until power is restored to all the affected areas, ‘’she said.

According to her, the company is appealing for a little more patience, as work is advancing, and said contractors were working very hard to ensure that they kept their promise of rebuilding the towers and energising the transmission line.

She said despite the recent increase in vandalism, TCN had continued to rebuild towers each time they were damaged and had consistently restored supply.

“The four vandalised towers on the Gombe axis are no exception. Despite our prevailing poor liquidity, we have mobilised all necessary resources to ensure this job gets the attention it requires. To accelerate the work, we have insisted that the contractor put in place on-site machines that will help increase the fabrication processes of tower members which are ongoing.

“A visit to the site will show that the towers are nearing completion, with one tower at 90 per cent completion, another at 80 per cent a third at 60 per cent and the fourth at 40 per cent,‘’ she said.

Mbah said the company was also utilising all available daylight hours for the work, adding that due to security issues, they are unable to work through the night.

She said TCN was optimistic about completing the reconstruction and energising the line within the given time frame.

“We expect power supply to be restored by May 27 through the new 330 Kilo Volt (KV) transmission line, allowing Yola and Jos Electricity Distribution (DisCos) to off-take and distribute optimally from TCN substations.

“Again, we appeal for your patience and sincerely assure you that we are working very hard to complete the work within the time frame.

“It is our joy to serve you and the nation at large, and we will be happy and grateful to God for the quick completion of the work, ‘’she said.

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