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Minister orders end to Borno electricity blackout

19 January 2015, 21:31

Abuja - Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, has directed the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to reconnect Borno State to its grid within the next two days.

This follows a marathon meeting on the blackout crisis that started about eight months ago.

Wakil noted that people in the state were no longer ready to take any further excuses for the continuous blackout.

"Sanctions will be applied if the reconnection is not effected. You (TCN) have forty eight hours to get light back to Maiduguri. I will be ensuring compliance. We must deploy on all fronts to restore light. Enough is enough," the minister was said to have told the meeting.

Also read: Increase in electricity tariff

Wakil also directed the Transmission Company of Nigeria to speed up work on the 330/132/33 kv sub station in Damaturu, which is expected on completion to serve both Borno and Yobe States.

"Borno should now have three sources of power supply from the national grid. Borno state will then get three sources of power namely the 132 kv Gombe - Biu - Damboa - Maiduguri line, the 330 kv new substation on Damboa road in Maiduguri and the Damaturu 330/132/33kv which should be completed as quickly as possible" he said." he said.

The minister decided to take direct charge of the reconnection efforts, insisting that Maiduguri must be reconnected irrespective of security and sabotage challenges faced by the state.

He said the decision was taken after high level interactions with security and intelligence personnel indicated that sabotage and insurgency are twin evils responsible for the blackout.

- CAJ News


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