The ministry of power has explained that the decision to appoint an African Development Bank (AfDB) power expert to run its electricity transmission company, is in efforts to turn around the current power situation.
That decision however, caused a stir amongst some employees, as members of the Senior Staff Association and Allied Electricity Company (SSAAEC) and the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), held a protest against the Minister’s plans to remove TCN’s managing director, Atiku Abubakar, and replace him with AfDB’s Usman Gor Mohammed.
Usman Gur Mohammed will be on secondment to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for 12 months from the African Development Bank, where he was the Principal Power Utility Transformation Specialist for Nigeria, the ministry of power, works and housing said in a statement.
Within that period he aims to set the firm on a path of greater operational efficiency and effectiveness, and enhanced responsiveness to the needs of the generation companies and distribution companies, who are TCN’s customers.
Although Nigeria holds the world’s ninth largest gas reserves, it reliably produces less than a tenth of the power that South Africa provides for a population which is less than a third of the size.
In January, power generation took a dive from 4,500MW to 3,233MW in just over a week due to gas supply constraints.
The Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) has revealed that the sector lost 2,885MW estimated at N1.385 million ($4,544) on 14 January 2017, caused by gas constraints.
The frequent occurrence of the output drop in the nation’s power sector has resulted in every home or corporate organisation depending on generators for their electricity and energy needs.