Senate, Reps summon Fashola over sack of TCN management

Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, is expected to appear before a joint committee of the National Assembly on power on Monday to justify the sudden dissolution of the management of the Transition Company of Nigeria.

The joint committee issued the summon on Friday just after the Federal Government announced the sack of the Abubakar Atiku-led management of TCN, and seconded Usman Mohammed from the African Development Bank, AfDB, to head the company.

Mr. Mohammed, a statement by the Ministry of Power, Works an Housing said, would work for a 12-month non-extendable tenure to accomplish “his transformational mandate and set Transmission Service Providers and Independent System Operators on a path of greater operational efficiency and effectiveness.”

But in the statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Enyinnaya Abaribe, and the Chairman of the House Committee on Power, Daniel Asuquo, the National Assembly expressed worry at the development.

“The Joint Committee on Power of the National Assembly acting on its powers of oversight received disturbing correspondences and information regarding the sudden change in the leadership of TCN, and its attendant crisis, the joint committee said.

It continued: “Considering the urgency of the matter, especially due to the present economic recession, the Joint Committee resolved to invite the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing to explain the decision of the ministry to “import” from the ADB (one of the lenders to TCN) yet another duplication of the Manitoba experience which had left a negative impression on the fortunes of TCN and indeed the Power Sector.

“The Joint Committee invited the Hon. Minister for Power, Work & Housing to appear before the Committee along with relevant officials on the 3rd of February which he could not appear.

“Consequently, the Joint Committee met and resolved as follows:

“(a) That the status quo ante in respect of the management of TCN be maintained;

“(b) That the Minister should endeavor to appear before the Committee on Monday 6th February, 2017 by 10 am. and

“(c) That all TCN staff and relevant stakeholders should maintain the peace in the overall interest.”

The Nation newspaper reported that “the change in the leadership of the TCN was in fulfillment of the conditions to obtain the $174 million loan granted the Federal Government a year ago by the African Development Bank (ADB).”

According to the newspaper, the loan was specifically granted to tackle the country’s energy crisis. The removal of the management team of the TCN was said to be a major condition for the loan.

Then, in the absence of the management of TCN, ADB “experts” will be deployed to run the TCN and manage the national grid for six months in the first instance.


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  • duwdu

    These busybody lawmakers sef. Why give the impression you can order the Minister and his ministries how to manage their parastatals?

    Abeg, let the ministries have time for their work! Small time now, these so-called lawmakers go dey ask the person why him no come wear one particular kind tie to come meet them. Na the kind questions them they ask be that o.

    Yeye, jobless people.

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  • Wesley

    The summons by the Joint NASS power committee is laughable. The joint power committee of the National Assembly is getting ahead of itself and seeking to usurp the powers of the Executive in the management of a Federal Parastatal. It cannot and should not direct that status quo be maintained at TCN!

    This is clearly not an appropriation matter and doesn’t involve the National Assembly. Is the National Assembly going to direct the Executive on who to sack and who not to sack? Does the sack of Atiku lead to a degradation of TCN’s functions?

    What is so urgent about the sack of the MD of TCN that warrants the National Assembly intervention? How is the sack of the MD related to the present economic recession?

    Using the Manitoba experience as an example is completely misleading. The MHI contract may not have been the best of deals but TCN and the power sector was the better for it. It is this same shenanigans by some entrenched principalities within and outside TCN such as the sacked MD that didn’t allow Nigeria reap the full benefits of the MHI deal. After the expiry and termination of the MHI contract, what has been the performance of TCN?

    The Joint Power committee of NASS should not cause further confusion and crisis in the power sector by this unnecessary and wrongful meddling in matter that is strictly the purview of the Executive.

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