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NASS summons Fashola over decision to ‘import’ new leadership for TCN

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A joint committee of the National Assembly on Friday invited the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, over the sudden change of leadership of Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN).

The Federal Government had on Thursday approved the secondment of Usman Mohammed of the African Development Bank, AfDB, as the interim Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.

Justifying the appointment, Louis Edozien, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, said Mr. Mohammed’s appointment was part of efforts by government to reposition the company for better service delivery to Nigerians.

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On Friday, however, a joint committee of the National Assembly authored a statement signed by both the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and the Chairman, House Committee on Power, Daniel Asuquo, summoned Fashola to appear before it next week Monday on the vexed issue.

The statement titled, “The TCN leadership crisis and its effect on the power sector,” read as follows, “ The Joint Committee on Power of the National Assembly acting on its piers of oversight received disturbing correspondences and information regarding the sudden change in the leadership of TCN, and its attendant crisis.

“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 leaders 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 of Power, Works and 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: that the status quo ante in respect of the management must be maintained; that the Minister should endeavour to appear before the Committee on Monday, 6th February, 2017 by 10am and that all TCN staff and relevant stakeholders should maintain the peace in the overall interest of the nation.”

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