7 February 2013

Nigeria: Why FG Is Delaying TCN Handover to Manitoba - Dagogo-Jack

The delay in the consummation of the $23 million contract of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to be managed by Manitoba Hydro International has been attributed to 'management issues.'

Speaking yesterday at the a meeting with agencies related with the power sector, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) Engr. Beks Dagogo Jack said "management" was currently "in discussion" on the issue. He said: "It is largely a management issue" but declined to offer further explanation.

Dagogo-Jack said, "The review exercise would bring the result into proper alignment with projections going forward. Those of you familiar with the first review exercise would recognize that there are elements in it that today are not exactly reflective of the realities on ground. In the original roadmap we had projected some capacities to come in at certain time lines because we did not do everything that we should have done. We slipped on those timelines and we can't leave the roadmap in that same shape or version. We need to review it and bring out the version that Nigerians can rely on."

Manitoba has been waiting since August 2012 to get the delegated authority from the federal government to assume management control to turn around the transmission backbone of the electricity supply industry in the country.

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