MULTI-MILLION NAIRA POWER STATION ROTS IN ENUGU

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MULTI-MILLION NAIRA POWER STATION ROTS IN ENUGU

A MULTI-million naira 260/133KV completed power sub-station located at the 9th Mile Corner, Udi Local Council, Enugu State, now rots away, following litigation instituted against the contractor by some members of the community over alleged entitlement disagreement.

The sub-station contract, which was awarded to boost supplies around the 9th Mile industrial area and Nsukka, by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), had since been completed and nearing 80 per cent energisation when a suit was brought against one of the contractors, Pivot Engineering Company.

The aggrieved community members were said to have claimed that they were short-changed during settlement for passage rites and, therefore, went to court to stop the work.

When the contract was awarded two years ago, the Federal Government engaged two contractors, Pivot contractors, to handle the energisation line, while the NBH contractors were required to build the sub-station.

It was, however, learnt that since the project stalled early this year, no fewer than 12 towers have been vandalised at the sub-station, as the suit subsists. Already, weeds have taken over the sub-station, as well as the living quarters of officials who could have manned the station.

General Manager, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Enugu Region, Emma Akpa, while confirming the development to The Guardian, lamented that the sub-station could have impacted economic activities in the area had it been functional.

Akpa said: “This station was conceived by TCN to supply the ninth industrial hub. The supply is supposed to come from the New Haven 132 line. It will be a turn-in turn–out to Nsukka with another 260 sub-stations built at Nsukka and turn-in turn-out to Akamgba in Kogi State.

“The sub-stations contracts in 9th Mile and Nsukka, as well as the line from New Haven were awarded. Of course, there were different contractors. The station was awarded to NBH, while the lines were awarded to Pivot Engineering. NBH has completed its job; Pivot has imported all the materials required and they have started working.“Somewhere along the line, some people gathered and took Pivot to court, claiming that they were not properly treated, and that what was paid to them was not commensurate. So, that case has been lingering since then. Pivot has done about 80 per cent of the job. They have done the structure; they have started stringing from New Haven and stopped somewhere along Nike Lake area in Enugu East Council.”

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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