The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), has asked the Federal Government to probe the poor management and under-performance of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) under Manitoba Hydro International Nigeria Limited (MHINL).
SSAEAC President, Chris Okonkwo, who spoke at a briefing in Lagos, said there has not been any significant improvement in power, since MHINL took charge four years ago, stating that corruption and politicisation of the power sector have compounded the operational processes of TCN.
“A look at the calibre and number of staff of MHINL evokes crass disdain for the quality of Nigerian professionals in TCN, who are subjected under men and women who are mediocres in the core business of TCN, and who use the Nigerians to do the little that is recorded as success of the contract, with outrageously high fees paid to the MHINL for little or no work done,” he said.
Describing the contract as political, Okonkwo alleged that from inception till date, Manitoba exploited the weakness in the system.
“They (Manitoba) are morally and ethically bankrupt and should be investigated if the current war against corruption will have a meaning,” he alleged.
He warned the Federal Government against another extension being pushed for by MHINL, saying it will lead to industrial action from workers. He said it was neccessary for the government to look inwards by sourcing local contractors and professionals in the sector.
Okonkwo also lamented that most of the firms who bid for stakes in the sector were insincere about their ability to inject funds into the sector. “When will government open its eyes to see that the investors today are not real investors?” he asked.
He argued that the investors, who should have brought in investment and engaged technical partners, turned out to be hiring them temporarily for the bidding purpose. This, he said, was why the so-called investors are left to do a business they knew nothing about.