Clears 6 yrs equipment at ports
By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—THE Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has assured Nigerians that with the national peak power generation of 5,222.3 mega watts, incremental power suppy is on the way.
TCN said it is adding to the achievement with standard transmission equipment which it has cleared from different ports to optimize transmission of electricity.
General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, in a statement yesterday said the milestone achievement is the highest ever recorded in the nation’s power sector to-date.
Mbah said that the gradual, but steady improvement in the nation’s power sector was attributable to the strategy of President Buhari’s administration policy on incremental power.
She recalled that at the 22nd Power Sector Stakeholders Meeting, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola assured that the current synergy among the presidency, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and other major power sector stakeholders working through the Power Sector Recovery Programme, PSRP, would continue to deliver improved power supply.
“To properly key into the incremental power policy, TCN has developed the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion programme to enable it prioritize and execute critical transmission projects,” she said.
“This necessitated the clearing of the company’s stranded containers carrying various transmission equipment at the sea ports, to enable it complete previously abandoned projects to further expand the grid capacity,” Mba disclosed.
She noted that out of the 759 containers abandoned by contractors at the sea ports within the past five years, 454 were cleared; Payment for 193 containers have been made and were being cleared, while payment for the outstanding 112 containers is yet to be made.
TCN further explained that all the 454 containers cleared from the ports have been taken to various construction sites such as Yola, Gulak, Katsina, Jos, Dambatta, Ganmo, Abeokuta, Onitsha, Jos and Benin.
Other construction sites include Odoguyan, Ede, Igangan, Okene, Walalambe, Akwanga, Kachia, Kumbotso, Kaduna and Yola.
The statement added that the containers were abandoned at the ports for between 2 to 6 years by contractors, for various reasons including suspension of TCN Import Duty Exemption Certificate, IDEC, in 2013 by the Ministry of Finance, slow processing of IDEC by TCN in the past and inefficiency of the contractors.
“The result was several uncompleted transmission projects in various parts of the country.”
TCN reiterated its commitment to continue to work to further stabilize, rehabilitate and expand the grid and called on all Nigerians to work with the sector in safeguarding electricity installations nationwide.