SWITZERLAND, MAY 20 – The Federal Government has on Tuesday, sacked the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed.
Today’s Echo gathers that the TCN handles the transmission component of Nigeria’s electric power system. So far, transmission has not been deregulated in Nigeria unlike the other two components; generation and distribution.
The sack was approved by the Minister of Power, Mohammed Sale, and Sule Abdulaziz was appointed in an acting capacity.
This was disclosed in a statement by spokesman of the minister, Aaron Artimas.
He said: “As part of continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power Sector in the country, the Honorable Minister of Power Engr. Sale Mamman hereby announces major changes at the Transmission Company of Nigeria,”.
“Accordingly, the Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed has been removed from office with immediate effect. He is being replaced with Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, as Managing Director, in acting capacity.
“The Honorable Minister has also confirmed the appointment of four directors who have been on acting position in the Company for some time.”
TCN emerged from the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as a product of the merger of the Transmission and Operations sectors on April 1, 2004. TCN was incorporated in November 2005. Being one of the 18 unbundled Business Units under the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), TCN was issued a transmission License on 1st July, 2006. It was subsequently issued two licences on June 10, 2013 for electricity transmission and system operations. TCN remains under the control of the federal government.