By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel,Abuja
The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Power to investigate the interim management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for the delay in the execution of 300 million dollars of Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Project (NEGIP).
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion on matters of urgent public importance titled “Transmission Company of Nigeria Management and the Future of the Electric Power Sector Reforms in Nigeria: The Urgent Need to Facilitate Swift Action in the Management of TCN Through Investigation” spoke yesterday by Hon. by Yunusa Abubakar.
In his debate, Abubakar expressed worry that the TCN has not been able to implement the NEGIP project saying “the House is concerned that there was negotiation between TCN and the World Bank of the sum of 468 million dollars IDA for the proposed Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP).
“The project scheduled forAugust 29 which had been postponed due to changes made to the staffing of the Project Management Unit (PMU) for World Bank assisted projects in the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).’’
He further worried that the non-compliance of the interim managing Director/CEO of TCN of the changes to the PMU will not only affect the future projects but may also impact negatively on the implementation of the on-going projects.
The lawmaker argued it may affect the $300 million Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Project (NEGIP) technical assistance activities in NEGIP to support the power sector recovery programme.