- The Lagos Times
The Management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has taken the delivery of 77 containers of electricity equipment, out of 218 stranded containers, left for more than eight years in Lagos ports.
The Ministry of Works said the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had in all, succeeded in securing the release of 218 stranded containers of power equipment to complement Federal Government’s effort in providing stable power supply in Nigeria.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, stated this at the commencement of the delivery of the stranded containers, 77 of which were collected from DUNCAN Terminal in Lagos on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this left 141 containers to be delivered.
Fashola, who was represented by the Chief Executive Officer of TCN, Mr Tanbuwa Atiku, commended the President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in ensuring stable power supply.
He said that with the delivery of the power equipment, Nigerians would begin to experience effective power supply.
He said: “President Buhari has graciously approved the disbursement of funds for clearance of the stranded containers of the power equipment and materials at various port terminals to improve power delivery to Nigerians.
“I want to appreciate the efforts of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola; and Managements of TCN; for the actualisation of delivery of the stranded containers.“
Atiku also commended the efforts of the shipping companies and the terminal operators for being supportive of the Government and for cooperating with the ministry in achieving success of the project.
He said that the company had put in tremendous efforts for the actualisation of the release of the stranded containers.
Atiku also dsiclosed that the containers had accrued demurrage as a result of suspension of the issuance of Import Duty and Exemption Certificate since 2014.
“The equipment will be used by the contractors in some areas like: construction of new Abeokuta-Igboora double transmission line.
“Also 133kv Odongunyan, 133kv at Ayobo, Ikeja, Benin, Oshogbo, 330kv in Akure, Plateau, Kaduna among others,“ Atiku said.
The Chairman, House Committee on Power, Rep. Daniel Asuquo, said that the House felt elevated to be part of the success story of the release of the stranded electricity materials at the ports.
Asuquo said that within a year of this administration, the Federal Government was able to address pending electricity equipment challenges.
According to him, we have made funds available to the ministry and TCN and advised the management to make use of the fund judiciously.
The Cheif Executive Officer of DUNCAN Terminal, Mr Godfrey Shitgurum, assured total commitment to the development and effective distribution of electricity to the general populace.