Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), established by the Federal, state and local governments to fund and implement the National Integrated Projects(NIPP), has appealed to security agencies and community leaders to assist in safeguarding the national power infrastructure across the nation.
The appeal followed the recent vandalism of a portion of the company’s 330kV transmission line at Yangoji village along Lokoja-Gwagwalada road.
Deputy General Manager Communication and Public Relations at the NDPHC, Mr. Yakubu Lawal, said in a statement that the mostly affected were towers 493,494 and 495 spanning an area of about 800meters.
Yakubu said Managing Director, NDPHC Mr. James Olotu, was particularly concerned that the hoodlums carted away high tension cables and accessories that were needed for the completion of the transmission line, which was intended to carry electricity from the new NIPP power station at Geregu to consumers in Kogi State, Abuja and the rest of the national electricity grid.
He called on Nigerians to assist in protecting NIPP assets as their own noting that the three tiers of government were the owners of the projects and they therefore belong to the generality of Nigerians.
Restating federal government’s committed to delivering power to Nigerians, he said vandalism would only act as a major setback in this drive, and urged community leaders to assist the law enforcement agencies by providing any useful information that might help in arresting the perpetrators.
He however assured that NDPHC was committed to delivering more power infrastructure before the end of this year thereby boosting electricity supply to Nigerians.