The interim Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Usman Mohammed, has disclosed that of all the infrastructure projects that were procured but abandoned and left to rot away over the years, those contracted by the TCN to expand the country’s transmission network are top on the list of these abandoned projects, THISDAY reports.
Mohammed, stated that these abandoned TCN projects were scattered across the country, and that a lot of them had largely been paid for by the government. He said the contractors for them were mostly Nigerians without the required capacities but selected by influential people in government. According to him, this has cost the TCN both in terms of finances and goodwill especially within multilateral agencies that are always willing to provide funds for its network expansion.
Mohammed said these at the commissioning of two high-end transmission infrastructure – a 40 mega volts amp (MVA) 132/33 kV mobile substation in Zaria, and 60MVA 132/33 kV transformer in Funtua built by the TCN. He however noted that the TCN had begun to resuscitate some of the abandoned transmission projects using its in-house engineers and at very low financial costs but that this was attracting a lot of opposition from vested interests.
Source: Energy Mix Report