The Transmission Company of Nigeria, a subsidiary of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) on Thursday warned the public against doing business or erecting structures close to High Tension Power Transmission Tower at various locations around the country.
The company gave the warning at a Town Hall meeting organised by the executive officers of the company during a scheduled visit to Nekede autonomous Community in Imo State where their Owerri- Ahoada 132KV Line Power Transmission Tower is close to collapsing due to the illegal mining activities around the base station.
The company officials noted that the 132KV power transmission tower which serves, Imo state and other neighbouring states including Bayelsa, Abia and Rivers is at the moment in a critical state and if peradventure it collapses, there will be total power blackout in these states for about six months apart from the electrocution danger it will cause for people living in the vicinity.
The Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of the company, Dave Ifabiyi noted that it has come to the notice of the Company that people in the area dig for laterites and kaolin close to the base station. He said apart from the hazard of the blackout, people should be aware of the health implication of such activity
On a visit to the 132KV transmission power site, the General Manager, Transmission Company Port-Harcourt Zone, Adeeko Adekunle expressed displeasure at the sorry sight of the area, he advised people involved in mining around the transmission station to desist from such acts to avoid any further damage.
Leaders of the community who spoke at the town hall, promised to cooperate with the Company and put all measures in place to ensure there is an end to the heinous act.
In the meantime, the Transmission Company of Nigeria has started local publicity to sensitize the indigenes of the area of the danger involved in doing business and building structures close to the high tension power transmission tower.
The company said it has also employed the services of security agencies in the state to prosecute any offender caught doing business around tension cables.