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Reps. may begin investigation into TCN allege $300m power project

By Balogun Alabi

The House of Representatives has disclosed that it would investigate the reason for the delay in executing 300 million dollars Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Project (NEGIP) by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

As learnt, the investigation came as a result of a motion moved by Representative Yunusa Abubakar (Gombe-APC) who appealed to the committee on power to take an immediate action in probing the interim management company.

Abubakar on Tuesday while moving the motion titled “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,” lamented 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.

The representative noted that the interim management non-compliance of TCN with the changes to the PMU would affect future projects and may also have a negative impact on implementation of ongoing projects.

However, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, passed the motion as it was adopted by members of the representatives.

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