A man walks past electricity pylons as he returns from work in Soweto, outside JohannesburgThe Federal Government is putting in place measures to ensure that Manitoba Hydro International of Canada takes control of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the Secretary, National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Ada Ozemean, has said.

She told The Nation that the development was informed by the need to limit the government’s control of TCN and make it carry out its functions effectively.

She said there has been a lot of government interference in the activities of TCN, adding the government was ready to allow Manitoba take control of the agency.

She said Manitoba would be blamed once anything happens to TCN, adding that efforts were being made to ensure that the agency carries out its functions well.

According to her, the NERC has met stakeholders to discuss the added responsibility that would come with the transmission market.

Ozemenan said: “The representatives from the power generation companies and distribution companies were in attendance at the meeting because the issue of electricity transmission is critical to the growth of the sector. NERC is committed to the growth of the sector, and we have to position ourselves to handle the issues around power well. What we are trying to do is to carry many stakeholders along as much as possible to ensure efficient power distribution.”


Information from The Nation was used in this report.