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Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara

Reps to probe TCN over $300m power project

Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Power, Works & Housing Minister
Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara

By Abiemwense Moru

 The House of Representatives says it will investigate the delay in the execution of 300 million dollars Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Project (NEGIP) by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

In a resolution which followed a motion on matters-of-urgent-public-importance by Rep. Yunusa Abubakar (Gombe-APC) at plenary on Tuesday, the house mandated its Committee on Power to immediately probe the interim management of the company.

The motion is entitled “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.’’

Moving the motion, Abubakar expressed worry that the TCN had not been able to implement the NEGIP project.

“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 for August 29 had been postponed due to changes made to the staffing of the Project Management Unit (PMU) for World Bank-assisted projects in the TCN,’’ he said.

Abubakar noted that the non-compliance by the interim management of TCN with the changes to the PMU would not only affect the future projects but may also impact negatively on the implementation of ongoing projects.

He said that it may also affect the technical assistance in NEGIP to support the power sector recovery programme.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

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