Nigeria Reaffirms Commitment to Success of West African Power Pool

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The newly appointed chairman of the West African Power Pool (WAPP); who is also the acting managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Sule Abdulaziz, has assured the institutional members of Nigeria’s total commitment to the overall objectives of the regional electricity body.

Abdullaziz, whose appointment came during a web conference of board members of the body on Monday, expressed the need to move the Pool to the next level of operational efficiency and solicited the support of member utilities, especially members of the executive board in that regard.

In a statement issued by TCN spokesperson, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, the TCN boss equally encouraged all WAPP member utilities to continue to collaborate actively with the secretariat to ensure effective and efficient coordination and implementation of the all WAPP programmes.

He also urged members to ensure prompt payment of their contributions to the pool, informing the meeting that TCN’s contribution will be remitted very soon as President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the payment of TCN’s contribution.

Mbah, informed that Abdullahi’s appointment was made during the 46th meeting of the WAPP executive board chaired by the Secretary General, Mr Siengui Apollinaire Ki which held via a video conference.

According to her, the TCN boss was nominated by the former MD/CEO of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Mr Joe Makoju, who is an honourary member of WAPP.

She explained that while making the nomination, Makoju noted that Abdulaziz is an expert in engineering with vast experience in the electricity sector, and therefore would perform creditably as the new WAPP executive board chairman. His proposal was endorsed by managing directors and director generals of other institutional members of the board. Mbah said.

WAPP was created in 1999 during the 22nd summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government and was adopted during the 29th summit of the body held in Niamey.

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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