The Acting Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Ahmed Abdulaziz, has reiterated the company’s commitment to progress of electricity supply in the country.
Abdulaziz made this known in Abuja while receiving Paticipants of the Senior Executive Course, (SEC) 43, for the year 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru – Jos.
The Study Group 1 participants led by its Chairman, Rear Adm.E.O. Jaiyeola, were in TCN to understudy the company’s operational policies.
He said that TCN plays a vital role in providing leadership and a practical show of commitment to the progress of electricity supply in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
The MD said that in less than one year in office, the present Management of TCN vigorously pursued its grid maintenance, expansion, and rehabilitation programme.
He said that TCN was doing this knowing full well its role in the power sector.
“TCN has installed several transformers, rehabilitated several substations, reconductored power transmission lines with several projects ongoing,
” TCN has also put in place a proactive maintenance programme to which it diligently adheres.
“I am glad to inform you that due to our commitment in TCN, transmission grid disturbances have been reduced to the barest minimum; grid capacity has also increased,” he said.
Abdulaziz said that within the first quarter of 2021, TCN efficiently wheeled successive all-time peak generation without a hitch, the latest being 5,801.60 megawatts (MW) to distribution load centers nationwide.
The TCN boss said that the company had continued to collaborate with the Generation Companies (GenCos) and the Distribution Companies (DisCos) toward ensuring that power is made more available to Nigerians.
Abdulaziz said the NIPSS serves as the think tank of the nation on national development
He urged the Institute to consider including officers of the company as participants in subsequent courses, considering the critical role TCN plays in electricity supply nationwide and as a public utility.
In his remarks, Jaiyeola, Chairman of the NIPSS Study Group, said the course was to prime the participants on developing strategic and specific policies for national development.
According to him, Nigeria is neither short of policies nor programmes for national development but the challenge has been in implementation and ensuring that things are done properly.
““For this Senior Executive Course, the task from Mr. President is for us to interrogate the challenges and issues surrounding getting things done as we x-ray various policies and programmes, and that is the reason why we are here, particularly focusing on the power sector,” he said.
The presentation of the report on inquiries from the visiting NIPSS course participants was followed by an interactive session.
The session had in attendance the management team and General Managers heading the various departments in TCN
During the interactive session, the Market Operator at TCN, Mr. Edmund Eje, explained the process that led to the power sector privatisation and the role of TCN in the power sector.