The Enugu State government has been lauded by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, for providing support which led to the securing of right-of-way for the completion of a power project being executed in Nsukka.
The company called on other state governments to emulate the exemplary leadership provided by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The important power line project, that would upon completion boost electricity supply to millions of residents in Enugu North Senatorial District, had been abandoned since 2006 following disputes between the TCN and host communities over right of way.
Addressing journalists at the transmission station in Nsukka, TCN’s Assistant General Manager, Transmission, Enugu sub-station, Bakare Kazim stated that the Ugwuanyi-led administration has set the pace in helping to resolve the issue of transmission access line acquisition which almost stalled the progress of work at the 30MVA injection sub-station in Nsukka.
“This 30 MVA injection sub-station has been completed since 2006, but for the problem of litigation and inaccessibility of the powerline, it was not possible to hook up the station. Consequently, our MD/CEO, Mr. Mohammed Gur, made a move and contacted Enugu State Government and they had a wonderful discussion, and he was able to convince the government to help secure the right-of-way and access issue,” he said.
Also speaking, the General Manager of the Enugu State Rural Electrification Board, Engr. Simon Atigwe, said the state government decided to wade into the matter to resolve the issue of the right-of-way so as to give succour to the residents who need the service of the facility.
On whether owners of houses and economic trees where the transmission line passed were compensated, Atigwe said “Individually, they have gotten what I feel should be fair to them but the state government has promised to assist them to ensure that what is due to them is given to them.
“Though the federal government pays the compensation, there are areas that were not involved in the job originally which the state government has accepted to pay,” he added.