12 January 2013

Nigeria: Sambo Orders Payment of Salaries to PHCN Staff in Yola

Vice President Namadi Sambo yesterday in Abuja directed the release of funds for the payment of the salaries of members of staff of the Distribution Office of the PHCN in Yola.

Sambo gave the directive at a meeting he convened to address the challenges facing effective and efficient supply of power across the country.

He specifically directed the Ministry of Power and the Presidential Task Force on Power to ensure the release of the funds.

Sambo ordered them to address the issues of salary, metering, payment for gas and other infrastructural needs in order to boost power supply.

He frowned at keeping transformers in the stores instead of mounting them to meet the need of power consumers.

Sambo announced the constitution of a technical committee to address the widening gap in energy delivery to transmission companies and payment for such deliveries.

He told the committee to assign Accounting Efficiency Officers to the distribution companies, and charged the committee to come up with a suitable structure for the Market Operator Office companies.

Members of the committee include the Minister of State for Power, the Director General of Budget and Chairman, National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Others are Market Operator, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), and Chairman, Task Force on Power.

The committee has one week to submit its report.

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