693 power equipment containers abandoned at ports due to tariff, have been recovered by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Usman Mohammed, the Managing Director (MD) of TCN who confirmed the recovery of the 693 power equipment containers, told newsmen that some of the power equipment had been auctioned by the Nigeria Customs Service. However he added that TCN would have to go after the auctioneers to recover the containers.
“TCN still has over 200 containers auctioned by the Customs outside the ports,’’ he said. According to him, the recovery was achieved last week, as it revealed that some of the containers had been stranded at various ports for about 15 years. .
Mohammed said: “We were able to recover 693 containers as of last week, out of a total of 800 containers that have been in the ports. Some of these containers have been there for 15 years.
Others have been auctioned and we had to trace the auctioneers to get the containers. The government is supporting us. .
And with the same way they are supporting us, I know that as government has beamed its searchlight on the distribution companies, they are going to solve the problems with power distribution,’’ he said.
The TCN director who disclosed that the government was set to solve the problems in the distribution arm of the power sector, added that the government had approved that the TCN anchor the N72 billion the FG planned to invest in the 11 electricity distribution companies in Nigeria.
NAN reported that Mohammed said the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola got the approval for the TCN to manage the N72 billion planned investment in the Discos.
This is coming few weeks after Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, came under attack over his statement that Nigerians now have more electricity than they can consume.