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Obaseki condemns vandalism of TCN facilities in Edo

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo condemned the vandalism of certain facilities of the Nigerian Transport Company (TCN) by unknown persons in Agbede, in the Etsako West local government region of the state.

Obaseki condemned this act on Tuesday in Benin when he received the director of the TCN in Edo, Mr. Isaac Okpe, who paid a courtesy visit to the governor.

According to him, as a government, we are very concerned about the vandalism incident, and what struck me is why people are going to vandalize these facilities with such a high risk.

“Why will they take such a risk, was it deliberate or sabotage?” It is necessary to report the incident to the IGP as well as to the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

“We need to know the reason why they are engaging in such a risk. If you remember that about four years ago, we set up a committee to examine the threat of colonization of the place where this equipment is located, because some communities claimed not to be paid.

“I think what we should do is revisit this report so that we can find the root of the problem,” he said.

The governor assured his administration would hire a local vigilante to protect all TCN facilities across the state, adding that electricity is of sufficient value in the state.

“These your assets are of great value to us in Edo and they will continue to be of great value, we use electricity to grow our business in the state.

“We are very sorry about the vandalism, and this is something that is not acceptable,” said the governor.

Earlier, the head of TCN in the state, Mr. Isaac Okpe, thanked the governor for his support, also took the opportunity to congratulate him on his electoral victory and the victory of the tribunal.

“We would like to thank you for your collaboration and support which made the construction and energization of the Etsako 132 / 33kv substation a reality.

“We also want to ask for your support to fight against the threat of vandalism to our equipment.

“On March 18, 2021, unknown people vandalized five units of our towers (T313 – T317) on the Benin – Irrua Okpella 132KV line in Agbede in the Etsako West local government area of ​​the state.

“We are currently supplying the Etsako substation from Ajaokuta, this affects the quality of the power supply in these areas.

“We are here to ask for your support in galvanizing the security agencies, traditional leaders and community leaders in the state to protect TCN facilities in their respective areas,” he said. (NOPE)

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