4 TCN towers vandalised along the Jos-Gombe 330KV transmission line

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that four of its towers along the  Jos – Gombe 330 Kilo Volt (kV) transmission line have been vandalised.

The TCN’s General Manager of Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, in a statement she issued in Abuja on Tuesday, said the incident took place at about 3:32 pm on Monday.

Mbah said when the transmission line tripped, TCN operators attempted to restore it to service but it tripped again, adding that the development prompted the dispatch of TCN men to trace the line to detect and rectify the fault.

According to her, while tracing the fault, TCN’s engineering crew discovered that towers 288, 289 , 290, and 291 were vandalised and that some tower members were carted away.

”Also, the towers had equally collapsed as a result of the incident. Presently, bulk power supply to Gombe, Yola, and Jalingo substations have been disrupted, affecting bulk power supply to parts of Yola  and Jos Electricity Distribution Companies’ franchise areas,” she said.

Mbah said to mitigate the effect of the incident on electricity consumers affected by the incident, TCN tried to back feed Gombe through its 132kV transmission line from Bauchi and subsequently  Ashaka, Potiskum, Damaturu, and Billiri/ Savannah.

She vowed that the company would do everything humanly possible to ensure that supply was restored to the affected areas, while efforts were being made to reconstruct the  vandalised towers.