June 22, 2024
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ELECTRICITY

TCN Restores Power After 5-Week Outage in Northeast Nigeria, Business Owners Rejoice

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced the restoration of the Jos-Gombe 330kV Single Circuit Transmission line, which supplies bulk electricity to the Northeast, following five weeks of power outage in the region.

Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager of Public Affairs, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statement, the electricity supply through the Jos-Gombe line was restored on June 4, 2024, at 9:37 pm.

“The Jos-Gombe 330kV Single Circuit Transmission line has been restored. Bulk supply was restored through the line yesterday, June 4, 2024, at 9:37 pm,” TCN confirmed. “The line now wheels normal load allocation from the National Control Center (NCC) to transmission substations in the Northeast and to distribution load centers for Kano and Jos DisCos to distribute to customers in the Northeast.”

Hafsat Jamil, a beverages seller in Bauchi, has expressed her delight over the recent restoration of electricity to Northeast Nigeria after five weeks of power outage due to vandalization of transmission towers.

Speaking with Energy Afrique, Hafsat lamented that the power disruption had severely impacted her business, making it difficult to keep her beverages cold and affecting sales. The return of electricity, she noted, brings much-needed relief and hope for her livelihood.

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“The past five weeks have been really tough for us,” Hafsat explained. “Without electricity, it was almost impossible to keep my beverages chilled, and many customers were hesitant to buy. This restoration of power means that I can finally run my refrigerators again and ensure that my drinks are always cold and refreshing.” She added that the return of consistent electricity will help her meet customer demands more effectively and improve her business operations.

“It’s a crucial part of our daily lives and our businesses. I’m grateful to the Transmission Company of Nigeria for fixing the problem, and I hope that such disruptions won’t happen again.”

Previously, TCN had pledged to restore electricity by May 27, but efforts were thwarted by further vandalism. The transmission line was initially damaged by vandals in April, causing a blackout in the region.

TCN has called on communities hosting power installations to remain vigilant and report any acts of vandalism to security operatives. “TCN is appealing to residents in communities hosting or near power installations to be vigilant and report any acts or suspicions of vandalism to security operatives,” the statement urged.

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