TCN pays over N2.5b for recovery, clearing of abandoned equipment
Increases transmission to 7,000mw, rolls out expansion programme
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed the payment of over N2.5 billion for the clearing and recovery of some abandoned and stranded transmission equipment at the nation’s seaports.
Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, who made the disclosure in Abuja while interacting with journalists, said the equipment were abandoned over the years by unqualified contractors who managed to secure contracts without requisite skill and capacity to execute them, leading to series of failed contracts.
He said the contractors secured the contracts under joint venture agreement with their foreign counterparts who shipped the equipment down to Nigeria for them to use for project execution, but only to be abandoned at the ports for lack of skill to clear them, install and execute the project.
Mohammed noted that on assumption of office about 10 months ago to reposition TCN for efficient service delivery, the operations of the company were worst than what they were when Manitoba, the foreign consultants, took over the operations.
He said: “We met TCN in a condition of absence of leadership and because there was absence of leadership, some contractors were running the show. We even discovered that some contractors were paying some of our members of staff and because of that, the workers’ loyalties were to the contractors.
“So, what we have done in the last 10 months include to reposition TCN and have members of staff loyal to TCN and put in place the necessary capacity that is needed to run the place.
“When we came in, TCN has capacity of about 6,000 mw and we have now additional 1,000mw, bringing it to about 7000mw. Even though our transmission capacity is now higher than that of the distribution capacity but we are not yet there because our target is to be twice of that of distribution capacity which is about 4,500 to 5,000 mw.”
He said that the TCN management had drawn up transmission expansion and rehabilitation programme, which has investment components involving stabilising and expanding the grid and has been approved by the Ministries of Power and Finance for implementation.
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