The attention of Management of the transmission company of Nigeria (TCN) has been drawn to the numerous press releases and by TUC on its planned, ill-motivated picketing of TCN.
According to a press statement from the General Manager (Public Affairs), Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, “The attention of the general public is hereby drawn to the fact that there is no iota of truth in the statement credited to the Labour organization that there is industrial disharmony in the company. TUC was ill-informed by Comrade Chris Okonkwo, current President of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) having lost the support of TCN staff in his misguided bid to use the Association to advance his selfish interest.
“Comrade Okonkwo lost the support of TCN staff after they discovered he mismanaged their superannuation fund and the monthly subscriptions from members of the Association. The TCN Branch of SSAEAC has made this act of misconduct by Okonkwo a subject of investigation by EFCC. Comrade Chris Okonkwo, out of sheer mischief, took the position that the TCN Branch of SSAEAC has the backing of TCN Management in the call for his probe by EFCC.
“According to TCN Management, Comrade Okonkwo has been colluding with those who are beneficiaries of the previous rots in TCN to sabotage government effort in the power sector. Last week, Comrade Okonkwo wrote to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria rebutting the press statement of the MD, TCN to the effect that Discos should be capitalised.
“This patriotic statement is being challenged by those who are beneficiaries of the illiquidity in the power sector; they are using, as a front, Comrade Okonkwo who believes he has some scores to settle with the Management of TCN. Their principal objective is to change the debate on capitalization of Discos initiated by the MD of TCN.
“Recall in August 2018, Comrade Okonkwo could not secure the support of a single staff of TCN when he picketed the company with thugs. TCN Management believes that TUC, unknown to them, is being used by unpatriotic elements. TUC, as a law abiding organization, is expected to find out why Comrade Okonkwo could not secure the support of TCN staff, NUEE or SSAEAC TCN Branch before accepting to lead the picketing of TCN.
“TCN under the current Management has successfully expanded the capacity of the Grid from 5,000MW, when it took office in February 2017, to 8,100MW in December 2018. It is on record that TCN receives less than 30% of its revenue from the Discos; yet she has been able to attain this unprecedented stride in Grid expansion largely due to staff support.
“Using in-house capacity, TCN has installed transformers and strung lines with associated transmission system devices in the last two years more than had ever been achieved in the previous 15 years before this administration.
“Unlike before, TCN – using in-house capacity – has prepared projects and secured more than $1.6 Billion from multilateral donors. This is meant to reinforce the network across the nation to N-1 Reliability standards. TCN has also achieved a level of system frequency control never experienced in the nation’s history, which has been commended by WAPP. Current TCN management has been promoting staff more than it had ever done before in its history; we are working assiduously to enhance the company’s revenue base so we can pay better salary.
“Management wants to use this medium to call on staff to please ensure they remain law-abiding amid the unwarranted provocation by Comrade Okonkwo and his sponsors”.