20 February 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the appointment of Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed as interim Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
A letter dated February 9, 2017, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, approved the disengagement of Dr. Abubakar Atiku as the chief executive of TCN with immediate effect and advised him to hand over the affairs of the company to Mohammed.
It conveyed Osinbajo’s appreciation to Lawal for his services to the country during his tenure, wishing him God’s guidance and best of luck in his future endeavours.
The letter read in part: “I write to inform you that the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has, in the exercise of his powers, approved your disengagement as the managing director/chief executive officer of the TCN with effect from Wednesday, February 8, 2017.”
The Federal Government two weeks ago approved the secondment of Alhaji Usman Gur Mohammed of the African Development Bank as the interim Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Louis Edozien, in a statement said that Muhammed’s appointment was part of efforts by the government to reposition the company for better service delivery to Nigerians.
It said that Mohammed has resumed duty with a 12-month non-extendable deadline to complete his transformational mandate and set TSP and ISO on a path of greater operational efficiency and effectiveness.
It also said that his approval was designed to ensure responsiveness to the needs of the generation companies and distribution companies, who are TCN’s customers.
It said Mohammed was until his secondment, the Principal Power Utility Transformation Specialist in the AfDB’s Nigerian Office.
It said, “Mohammed joined the service of the AfDB in 2009. He has served in various senior level management roles in charge of financial control, power utility policy and transformation.
“Before joining AfDB, Mr. Mohammed worked for the then National Electric Power Authority.”
The statement said that Mohammed also served as the Secretary of revenue cycle management project which was NEPA’s first public-private partnership initiative.
According to the statement, he also served as head of financial management for TCN’s Project Management Unit.
It said Mohammed is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the various professional bodies related to his profession.
“Mohammed holds a BSc Degree in Accountancy, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and a Master of Business Administration (Management), Bayero University Kano.”
Workers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria had grounded activities at the firm’s Abuja headquarters for some hours in protest against the alleged removal of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abubakar Atiku, by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.