Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, has been in complete darkness for the past eight months as Boko Haram terrorists continue to vandalize power transmission towers that feed the state from the national grid.
The vandalism was reported by Metro Times, which included the high cost to the state government, public institutions, private organizations, and people.
Though the state and federal governments have attempted to repair the vandalized towers, their efforts are becoming increasingly futile.
In January, terrorists vandalized the 330kv power tower that feeds Maiduguri along the Maiduguri – Damaturu Road.
The 132kv line between Biu and Maiduguri is similarly vandalized.
A total of eight power line towers were demolished, and two more towers were recently destroyed, extending the nearly 8-month period of darkness to God knows when.
To that aim, the federal ministry of information and culture held a town hall meeting at the Multipurpose Hall of the Borno State Government House on Thursday in Maiduguri to discuss the ongoing vandalism of electrical and telecommunications infrastructure in Nigeria with stakeholders.
Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, state governor, Alh. Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, minister of power, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, and Mustapha Baba Shehuri, state minister of agriculture, are among those attending the meeting, which is currently underway.
Traditional leaders and others from Borno are also expected to attend the conference.
The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to:
Creating a public perception that government property is properly owned by citizens and hence must be protected for the benefit of all.
Educating communities, particularly those near infrastructure, on the importance of infrastructure and how to safeguard it;
exposing and detaining anyone who buys stolen infrastructure items, as well as anyone who brings them to them to sale, and subjecting them to the full force of the law;
Increasing public awareness of the widespread push to safeguard and own public infrastructure/assets, particularly in the railways, roads, and aviation sectors;
Finally, find a long-term solution to the vandalism in the state.