Fire guts NEDCo substation at Tamale

The  destroyed equipment at the substation

The destroyed equipment at the substation

Fire gutted Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) substation at Tamale on Monday, planking the entire Tamale metropolis into total darkness.

The fire destroyed equipment at the substation, making it very difficult for staff of NEDCo to restore light to residents of the metropolis and its environs.

Mr. Maxwell K Kotoka, Corporate Communications Manager of NEDCo, in an interview with the Ghanaian Times, on Tuesday, said the cause of the fire was yet to be established.

He said that but for the timely response by personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service, the damage would have been severe, as the smoke had engulfed the whole substation.

Mr. Kotoka stated no causality was recorded as the workers on duty at the time of the incident managed to escape.

He explained that the fire outbreak did not affect the supply of power to critical sectors, such as the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Airport and Ghana Water Company Limited.

Mr. Kotoka said though the damage to equipment was severe, management of NEDCo was making efforts to restore light to the area.

“We are doing the best within our means to restore power as soon as possible,” he assured, and pleaded with the customers to bear with the company while efforts were underway to fix the problem.

The Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Salifu Saeed, who visited the scene, pledged to liaise with the relevant authorities to restore power to the affected areas.

FROM: YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, TAMALE.

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