Borno State has been reconnected to the national electricity grid after about seven months blackout. This followed a 48-hour ultimatum issued by the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, to officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to reconnect the state despite security and sabotage challenges.
Insurgents in the state vandalised power lines supplying electricity to Maiduguri, but efforts to reconnect the state had been thwarted by repeated vandalism and attacks on officials of TCN by the dreaded sect, Boko Haram.
A statement obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power Wednesday stated that Maiduguri was reconnected on Monday afternoon. Officials of the power distribution company responsible for the state and engineers from the TCN embarked on checks and reviews to ensure that the restored electricity was sustained across the city.
Wakil had last week issued the 48-hour ultmatum, warning that Borno people were no longer ready to listen to excuses for the blackout.
He apologised to people resident in the state for the long blackout and stated that and attributed the cause of the blackout to a combination of insurgency and sabotage, “I want to inform our people that the President has ordered the opening of two other new sources of power supply to Borno State. We have complied with this presidential directive and in due course Borno will have three sources of power supply,” Wakil said.
Wakil added that the President had directed that the ongoing federal power projects in the state be hastened in order to expand supply and reduce incidences of vandalism.