“A transmission tower’s integrity in Lagos is being threatened as miscreants have turned its location to a dump site, illegal refining and burning of rubbish, it was learnt.”- The Nation
The tower, located in Surulere area of Lagos, according to the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, is being threatened by the nefarious activities going on under it.
Such activities, according to the TCN chief, compromise the integrity of towers, adding that the maintenance team of the company would not be able to access the facility for repairs in the event of a problem.
“Should the tower also collapse as a result of the compromise, the entire Apapa and environs would be out of power supply,” he said.
He continued:”Therefore, it is imperative I came to see things, discuss and collaborate with Lagos State Government to find a solution to the problem, and permanently stop the nefarious activities going on under the tower,” he added.
Mohammed further said: “People dump and burn refuse and other materials under the tower and as you can see, there is oil bunkering and illegal refining here. These activities definitely will compromise the integrity of the tower. If the tower is comprised and it collapses, the entire Apapa and environs will be out of power supply.
“This tower supports the capacity from Ajah through the 330kv circuit line to Alagbon. If it collapses, supply to these areas will be jeopardised. Also, if there is a problem with the tower, it will be difficult for the maintenance team to access it. It is a big problem for these areas.
“I will discuss with the Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources. We are working closely with the Lagos State Government. We will ask the Energy Commissioner to ensure that the Commissioner for Environment clear this place and ensure it is permanently maintained away from the miscreants and refuse dump.
“The clearing will be immediately because we are collaborating with the Lagos State Government. Through this collaboration, we are working to put significant transmission capacity between Lagos and Ogun states and ensure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.”
The TCN chief also said the transmission arm of the power supply value chain is not the weakest link as some people make power consumers believe, adding that transmission capacity has been substantially increased and, the transmission arm is ahead of other arms of the supply chain. “We are increasing our capacity across the country because the government is supporting us
“This government has been putting money into transmission since it came on board. Money that has been put by this government into transmission has never been put into transmission in the history of Nigeria.
“We have also secured a lot of funding from multilateral donors, backed by the Ministries of Power, Works and Housing and Finance, and this is being channeled into transmission. To me, funding is not so much a big issue to transmission now because we have got the support of the government.
“Whoever says TCN is the weakest link in the power supply value chain is ignorant of the sector. Transmission is not the weakest link in the chain. Our capacity currently is higher than all the other arms of the industry. We also have plans to expand the capacity of the transmission more than any other arm of the sector. So, we are always ahead of them and will continue to be ahead of them,”he said.
Source: The Nation