FG Appoints an Interim Managing Director/CEO for TCN, In-House Unions Kick
Who said government wasn’t powerful? Go and ask the two unions in the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN. The Federal Government had appointed an interim Managing Director for the only standing power company it now owns, but the two in-house unions would not have. The unions rallied and protested even to the National Assembly, but the government stood its ground. Today things are settling down with the new man running the show at TCN.
He comes with a clear mandate to review, validate and implement the best management structure, strategy, business plan and processes to take TCN to the next level of operational effectiveness.
According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,the new MD, Usman Mohammed’s appointment is for one year with a non-extendable deadline to complete his transformational mandate and set TSP and ISO on a path of greater operational efficiency, effectiveness, and enhanced responsiveness to the needs of the Generation and Distribution companies, who are TCN’s customers.
Mr Usman Mohammed takes over from the former MD/CEO, of TCN, Engr. (Dr.) A. T. Atiku.
Mr. Mohammed was until this secondment to TCN, the Principal Power Utility Transformation Specialist in the AfDB’s Nigeria Country Department. He joined the service of the AfDB in 2009. He has been in various senior level management roles including been in charge of financial control, power utility policy and transformation.
Before joining AfDB, Mr. Mohammed worked for the then National Electric Power Authority (NEPA). He served as the Secretary of Revenue Cycle Management project which was NEPA’s first Public Private Partnership initiative.
He also served as head of financial management for TCN’s Project Management Unit (PMU), the agency that supervises transmission projects financed by the World Bank with a mandate to implement best procurement practices for the World Bank- financed projects. He also served as a lead member of the institutional reform team that completed the various studies that prepared TCN for the current reforms being implemented in Nigeria’s power sector.
Mr. Mohammed is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the various professional bodies. He holds a BSc. Degree (Hons.) in Accountancy from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and a Master of Business Administration (Management), Bayero University in Kano.