Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army Headquarters, has assured Electricity Distributing Companies, DISCO’s, Generating Companies, GENCO’s and Transmission Companies of Nigeria, TCN, that the army will do everything possible to ensure round-the-clock-safety of the power infrastructure assets across the country.
The Army Chief said it is the Army’s constitutional duty to provide security when national assets are under high level threat of attack, noting that this is especially so in the face of the ongoing insurgency in the North – East region.
At a meeting with the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali in Abuja, which was attended by Discos, Gencos, TCN, Market Operator, NELMCO, NEMSA and all key players, with the Military high command, all issues pertaining to deployment of troops, logistic support and operational review, since the period preceding the handing over of assets to private companies were examined.
Igali, who presided over the meeting, used the occasion to commend the gallantry of the men in securing these infrastructure, especially when labour unions were hell bent in truncating the privatization efforts and added that in spite of the obvious threat to lives and property, no life was lost.
He challenged the Army to prevail on their Officers and men on the field to sustain the momentum of providing safety for the nation’s power infrastructure, and pledged the ministry’s commitment to leave no stone unturned in ensuring full restoration of power to areas already liberated from the Boko Haram insurgency.
Further, Igali gave the assurance that Power Sector Stakeholders are prepared to energize all liberated territories, just as he said that Nigerian Government will do everything to reintegrate people in that region.
He used the occasion to announce that Power has been restored to Ibbi in Taraba – State, under Yola Disco that had electricity disruption as a result of communal clashes in the area, debunking the insinuation that it was as a result of insurgency.