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Government to extend Manitoba Hydro contract

08 January 2014, 14:05Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Federal Government hinted it would soon review the three-year contract with Canadian firm, Manitoba Hydro International (MHI), for the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Government has been under pressure to adjust the agreement which domiciled the electricity sector’s market operator and system operator in the TCN.

While inaugurating the new TCN board chaired by Ibrahim Waziri, Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, said transmission was critical to the success of the power sector reform programme of government.

“I am pleased to note, that the board under the leadership of the immediate past chairman has so far reviewed the Schedule of Delegated Authority earlier issued to Manitoba Hydro International (MHI), the management contractors for the utility company,” he said.

“It is therefore expected that the concern of the Nigerian public regarding the over-hyped powers of MHI would now be an issue of the past.
I am also aware that the board has also considered and made recommendations on some amendments to the Management Contract with a view to making MHI more responsive to the changing needs of TCN,” continued Nebo.

He said the agreement needed further studies and amendments where possible.

“That process has started, my dear chairman. I am also aware that the board has made recommendation to ensure that our people who are counterpart directors and who are supposed to be under tutelage are getting instructed and empowered in best practices in transmission network management. These efforts are also expected to hold MHI more accountable towards achieving the key performance indicators embedded in the contract,” he explained.

Nebo charged all the principal sector players to commit to ensuring that power supply to customers was significantly and visibly improved by June.

– CAJ News


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