TCN vows to restore power across NEGF by May 27 as pledged

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has reassured the North East Governors Forum, NEGF, that power restoration in the region will proceed as planned on May 27.

The Transmission Company said it is taking all necessary steps to restore power supply as stated in its press release dated May 10, 2024.

Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs gave the assurance in a press statement made available to Journalists in Bauchi on Tuesday.

In the statement titled: ‘Re: North East Governors on Power Blackout, and May 27 Timeline for Power Restoration’, the TCN expressed understanding of the governors’ concerns for their citizens and the impact of the blackouts on governance and business operations. “We are not happy about the situation,” it stated.

This is as the TCN assured that its team is working tirelessly to rebuild the four towers destroyed by vandals adding that it will not rest until power is restored to all affected areas.

“We appeal for a little more patience, as work is truly advancing. We are pushing our contractors very hard to ensure we deliver on our promise of rebuilding the towers and energizing the transmission line.”

“Despite the recent increase in vandalism, we have continued to rebuild towers each time they are damaged and have consistently restored supply.”

“The four vandalized towers on the Gombe axis are no exception. Despite our prevailing poor liquidity, we have mobilized all necessary resources to ensure this job gets the attention it requires.”

“To expedite the work, we have insisted that the contractor put in place and on-site machines that will help increase the fabrication processes of tower members which is ongoing.”

The statement further stated that, “A visit to the site will show that the towers are nearing completion, with one tower at 90% completion, another at 80%, a third at 60%, and the fourth at 40%.”

“We are utilizing all available daylight hours for the work. However, due to security issues, we are unable to work through the night, which we would have gladly done.”

“Nevertheless, we are optimistic about completing the reconstruction and energizing the line within the given time frame. We expect power supply to be restored by May 27, 2024, through the new 330kV transmission line, allowing Yola and Jos DisCos to offtake and distribute optimally from the TCN substation,” he added.

Recall that last weekend, at the conclusion of its regular meeting, the North East Governors Forum (NEGF) expressed displeasure over the continuous blackout in the subregion.

The forum berated the TCN over what it describes as ‘nonchalant attitude’ in addressing the situation.

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