TCN raises alarm over planned attacks on its facilities in Abuja



By Constance Athekame

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has raised alarm over an alleged plot to attack its facilities in the Zuba area of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

TCN raised the alarm while lamenting the effects of activities of vandals on its operations in a statement signed Mrs Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs, in Abuja on Sunday.

In the statement which was issued against the background of recent collapse of the national grid, the company said it has received alerts of the planned attack on TCN facilities in the area.

“TCN urges heightened vigilance for now, particularly in the Zuba area, following alerts of a planned attack on TCN facilities in the area,” she said.

She said that the company implored residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities around power facilities in the area.

Mba however said TCN IS committed to managing the grid and ensuring its stability amidst ongoing challenges.

She identified the challenges to include the persistent low gas supply affecting power generation into the nation’s grid.

She said that the company’s diligent grid controllers work tirelessly day and night to balance the grid and prevent any kind of disturbance amidst challenges.

Mbah said the grid disturbance on March 28 was promptly managed by the company’s operators, with power restoration achieved in some areas within 21 minutes of the disturbance.

”We acknowledge the collaborative efforts of the Federal Government, particularly the minister of power, who has been working hard to address the root causes of low gas supply.

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”The minister held meetings with Generating Companies (GenCos) and Gas Companies (GasCos) to secure a higher volume of gas supply and consistency for enhanced power generation.

”As efforts to stabilise gas supply progress, TCN emphasises the importance of consistent gas availability to sustain optimal power generation.

”It is a fact that low power generation substantially increases grid fragility,” she said.

Mbah said that in addition to gas supply challenges, TCN faces various sector-specific hurdles.

“Some impact other players in the value chain, but invariably affect grid stability,” she explained.

She said that vandalism was a persistent challenge, as clearly seen in the first quarter of 2024 in which five significant incidents disrupted transmission operations, necessitating emergency repairs.

”In some cases, we effect complete tower reconstruction or transmission line replacement due to acts of vandalism.

”This highlight the critical need for increased community support and vigilance in protecting transmission infrastructure.

”We urge everyone, especially those living close to TCN towers nationwide, to join hands with the company in safeguarding power transmission towers and cables,” she said.


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