- The reason behind the power outage in some north-east states have been revealed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)
- The public affairs boss of the TCN, Ndidi Mbah, said that the incident occurred due to a fault in the Jos-Gombe 330kv transmission line
- Mbah, however, said that efforts to rectify the issue in order to energise the 330kv transmission line were underway
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that the current power outage in some north east states was due to a tripping caused by a fault on the Jos-Gombe 330kv transmission line.
TCN's general manager, public affairs, Ndidi Mbah, stated this in a statement on Monday, September 24, in Abuja, adding that the problem occurred shortly after the annual scheduled maintenance on the transmission line, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
According to her, the line tripping occurred at 19:09, on Saturday, September 22, shortly after it was re-energised.
She said efforts were being made by TCN line engineering crew to resolve the problem and restore the transmission line accordingly.
“TCN shot down on September 22, to undertake the annual scheduled maintenance on the 330 kv transmission line from Jos to Gombe.
“After the maintenance work had been completed by combined engineering maintenance crew from Gombe and Jos transmission substations, the transmission line was reclosed and energised at about 15:09 hours on the same day at 19:09 hours.
“However, the line tripped due to a fault on the line and TCN quickly initiated the patrol of the transmission line to detect and rectify the fault,’’ Mbah said.
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She said efforts were ongoing to rectify the problem so as to reclose and energise the 330kv transmission line.
NAN reports that states affected by the outage include Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Taraba.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under the aegis of Sura Association in Lagos state had lamented the lack of electricity in the business community and staged a protest to register their grievances.
The headquarters of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC) in Marina, Lagos, was besieged by members of the association.
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