By Agatha Chitumu, Abuja

DAILY COURIER – The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN), Engr. Dr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz has scored the performance of TCN, saying it was encouraging.

According to Abdulaziz, the company was vigorously achieving its five (5) point agenda for year 2022, which include general reforms and power grid visibility.

He noted that the organization’s function is critical and strategic to national economic development, saying as professionals in the industry, staff should brace up to meet the expectations of the incoming administration.

In a press statement, the GM, public affairs, Ndidi Mbah quoted the MD as thanking the staff of the company for keenly driving the agenda at a three-day management retreat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, over the weekend.

Abdulaziz said; “As you all know, we started this year with an unwavering simple, realistic and definite 5-point agenda for the organization.

“The agenda has been thriving on ease of operation, credibility, teamwork and focus on excellence in the organization.”

While reeling out the progress made by the company so far, the TCN boss mentioned enhanced grid visibility and stability through integrated system planning using available technologies for stop gap solutions; enhancing human resources development, performance improvement, through staff skills optimization and training.

The other three planks of the agenda are, ensuring efficiency in project execution and management for service delivery in line with the needs of the Nigerian electricity supply industry (NESI), ensuring efficient equipment maintenance for high viability and availability, and to ensure efficient prime visibility and management.

“It is my hope that we will achieve even much more as evidenced by the results recorded so far this year. I believe also that, it is a work in progress.

“We set targets for ourselves, we have accomplished quite a lot and I commend you all.

“However, we must not rest on our oars just yet.

“He tasked the relevant departments to ensure scheduled maintenance of all transformers, especially the old ones, which must be carried out in a timely manner, noting that as the harmattan season intensifies, all the RTMs must ensure that weed, 5 meters from behind the perimeter wall fencing of all substations were cleared to prevent fire set by individuals from entering into the substation,” he reiterated.

The TCN head then tasked the entire management team on accountability adding; “as we examine what we have done right, what we have to do better and our challenges.

Speaking at the occasion, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel commended TCN for holding the retreat, describing the TCN as a critical infrastructure provider and operator.

Represented by the Commissioner of Power and Petroleum Development, Dr John Etim, the governor said:

“As an organization with the important mandate to enhance electricity transmission in this country, there was need for such periodic Retreats to review, evaluate and plan for the attainment of the vision, mission and objectives of TCN.”

“This administration will continue to cooperate and collaborate with TCN to ensure the provision of stable and affordable electricity to the citizens of the state,” Etim noted.

He then commended TCN for prioritizing its projects execution, while also enjoining the participants to visit the site for the 132/33kV power transmission substation with two 60MVA power transformers in Oron, which he said, the State had provided land for TCN to build, as well as a transmission line from Eket to Oron.

The Retreat had in attendance the Executive Directors of TCN, the Regional Managers (RTMs), General Managers and other strategic members of the TCN family.

Also, present were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power in the State, Dr Valerie Obot, and other directors from the Ministry.