No fewer than hundreds persons escaped being roasted to death following Monday detached of the red conductor of the 330KV Benin/Egbin line in Benin, Edo state.
The General Manager of the Benin region of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Victor Adewunmi, stated this Tuesday when he took newsmen round the area of the incident.
Represented by the region’s Assistant General Manager, Technical Services, Mr John Madufor, he said disaster was averted because the red conductor fell on the yellow conductor.
He noted that if the conductor had felled on the ground, the people and houses within the precinct of the high tension would have been roasted.
He said the incident which occurred around 6pm on Monday has affected power supply to parts of Lagos.
According to him, “What happened here is that the red face of the conductor detached as a result of corrosion and rested on the yellow face.
“The saving grace was that it did not drop on the ground, if it had happened that way, what happened in Calabar viewing center would have been a child’s play.
“This is because at the time the incident occurred yesterday, the place was seriously built up.
“This is why we keep asking people not to build within 50 meters precinct of high tension lines.
This is exactly what we are trying to avert when we say that, but people don’t understand the danger inherent in building under high tension lines.”
On the possible effect of this to power supply, he said, “It will affect power supply flow to Lagos. It is the Benin/Egbin line that is affected. It will definitely affect the grid
“It would however cause a collapse in the system if it were to be carrying heavy line,” he said.
Adewunmi however said work has commenced to fix the detached conductor with a new one in order to restore power supply to the affected area.
He also stressed that the TCN have been involved and would continue to carry out period maintenance and replacement of aging equipment under it.