BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI – The management of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has raised alarm that the establishment’s 132 KVA transmission towers, which supplies power to Imo and some adjoining states, might collapse soon, if sand miners refused to stop digging around the facility.
The Chief Executive Officer of TCN, Mr. Olusola Akinniranye, raised the alarm when his team inspected the endangered transmission towers at Nekede, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
Addressing the people on behalf of his boss, the Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Dave Dipo Ifabiyi, warned that if one transmission tower collapsed, it would not only pull other towers down but also throw some states into darkness.
He said: “If we don’t stop digging around the transmission towers, soil holding the towers will get eroded and towers worth billions of Naira will collapse. In the same vein, power supply to many sates of the federation will cut off.”
He warned people either living or doing business near the transmission towers that they were unwittingly exposing themselves to radiation from the power lines.