Calabar: Vandalism Biggest Challenge To Power Reform – Minister Of State For Power

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Adiabo power sub station
Adiabo power sub station

Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, Minister of State for Power during the commissioning of the power sub station
Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, Minister of State for Power during the commissioning of the power sub station

Vandalization of power infrastructure is the biggest challenge to power sector reforms and if nothing is done soon to stop the vandals, effective power supply in parts of the country will continue to be farfetched.

Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, the Minister of State for Power who made the revelation in Calabar on Saturday while Commissioning the new power transmission sub station in Adiabo stated that vandalisation of power infrastructure is a form of terrorism which comes in several ways.

“Sometimes, youths in the communities where power facilities are located remove some of the components and cables for sale while in some cases, those selling diesel and generating plants willfully destroy power facilities and plunge people into darkness in order for them to patronize their products”.

The Minster Stated that the ministry of power has started a campaign to sensitize people beginning at the state level down to the local government, wards, communities and door to door on the need to be vigilante to safeguard the power infrastructure located within their vicinity.

“There is need for the communities to form vigilante groups to protect the power infrastructure located within the community from vandalization because they are the ones directly benefitting from the infrastructure”.

He stated the terminal power transmission substation is conceived to deliver power from the Alaoji Power Station to Calabar and environs. “The successful completion of this substation, power supply to Calabar and environs has witnessed a tremendous improvement both in capacity and integrity and the issue of low power voltage previously experienced due to the long distance transmission line from Alaoji to Calabar has been addressed”.

Mr. Mack Kast, the Managing Director Transmission Company of Nigeria said the commissioning of 21+ 132MVA station will serve as hub for power to the existing Economic Processing Zones Authority substation as well as others that are being constructed.

He said other substations constructed together with the Calabar station located in Kano, Birnin Kebbi, are also ready for commissioning. “By these projects, President Goodluck Jonathan has demonstrated his continued resolve in ensuring that the transmission agenda for the power sector continues to expand”.

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