By Olawale Ajimotokan
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, has put the cost of vandalised transmission equipment that belonged to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Maiduguri, Bornu State in the last nine months at N1.7 billion.
Of late several parts of Maiduguri and its environs have been plunged into darkness occasioned by the vandalism of power lines making it impossible for the TCN to transmit power.
The outcry was made yesterday by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu at the Town Hall meeting organised by Ministry of Information and Culture to address vandalisation of Power and Telecommunications infrastructure.
His revelation was reinforced by the Theatre Commander Joint Task Force (North East) Operation Hadin Kai, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, who alleged sabotage against some locals for the acute power cuts in the state.
Aliyu, who was represented by the Managing Director, TCN, Engr Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, said in the last nine months the company had lost 848 megawatts per day totaling N1.17 billion.
He said the company had consistently been losing on a monthly basis an average of N130m as immediate charges on Maiduguri and environs.
He also said that eight 330 KV single circuit transmission lines valued at N880m were vandalized by the insurgents between January 2021 to date. He said an average 330kv tower cost N110m per tower.
“Insurgent attacks on power facilities have led to a huge drain on our revenue and it has affected the socio and economic lives of our people. In one month, TCN lost an average of N130 million in one month on immediate charges on Maiduguri and environs.