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FG Hands Over Control of the Transmission Company of Nigeria to Manitoba Hydro International (MHI)



The Federal Government of Nigeria has handed over complete control of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to a Canadian firm, Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) in its ongoing power reform programme. This is coming after several months of delay in the privatisation process and a major setback in November last year when the Federal Government annulled the deal with the Canadian firm.

But from all indications now, both parties have resolved their differences and the Canadian firm is set to take over power transmission in Nigeria.

Manitoba, according to the contract terms, is expected to take up staffing and management of key departments of TCN such as the Systems Operations, Transmission Service Provider, National Control Centre, Information Technology and Market Operations.

ThisDay reports that the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has finally signed off the controversial “schedule of delegated authority” for MHI to immediately commence operations at TCN.

Manitoba won this contract in July 2012 to manage operations of TCN at a sum of $23.7 million for three years. According to the terms of the contract, they will effectively discharge their responsibilities in the evolving Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

It is hoped that this would take us one big step further to achieving stable electricity supply in Nigeria.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at



    March 12, 2013 at 10:36 am


  2. NK

    March 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hoping for the best………God bless Nigeria

  3. damidee

    March 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    lol! Bellanaija Manitoba is the name of the province, so when referring to the company it should be ‘Manitoba Hydro’ and not just ‘Manitoba’

  4. Priscy

    March 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I hope this is good news sha….

  5. ASK9

    March 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hmmm…..time will tell.

  6. Berry Dakara

    March 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Who bribed who?

    Wa’ev, as long as power becomes a non-issue… *crosses fingers*


    March 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    ‘Eye is for looking.’ Make we dey look sha.

  8. Naija

    March 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    My dear.. good question.. who bribed who???

  9. oge

    March 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    are they recruiting? na dat one be my own

  10. ok

    March 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Power generation, like many other parastatals in Nigeria, should be state controlled..but here’s hoping for the best though…and going Canadian is a good step.

  11. Cima Brawn Stores

    March 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    lol at are they recruiting. Please they should start make we we go apply, hopefully they clear off them corrupt existing officials. As some1 said, God bless Nigeria

  12. NNENNE

    March 13, 2013 at 4:33 am

    @ ok…I humbly disagree! Nationalization is an enemy of capitalism. It encourages monopoly. The cell phone companies in Nigeria says it all. Imagine if the state owned them. They will be like general hospitals.

    • OK

      March 14, 2013 at 3:26 am

      @Nnenne I meant every state in the federation should be in charge of its own power generation , and it’s up to them to source it however they want: through privatization, PPP, municipally owned or a combination of all. However they want to go about it, the decision should be at the state level and not the federal level…

  13. pedro elias

    March 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    hpe so nd we giv dem our supporrt n pray dat god shld prfct our leader ways

  14. Bobby Njilwa

    March 16, 2013 at 7:43 am

    This is bad news.Manitoba is taking over the running of TCN with only 8staff and will be in charge of all KEY Management Staff for 23.7M dollars.They company is bringing no equipment but are just MANAGEMENT Contractors.Nigerians we should wake up.Are we this incompetent to and extend that we hire Minotoba to JUST run TCN for three years and leave?The ideal thing to do is for Minotaba to Train our Staff both locally and outside for the money to impact the so called Managerial efficiency they claim to possessed.Not to run TCN Pls.

  15. Bobby Njilwa

    March 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

    If the ineptitude of our leaders have reach this height,then let’s get another Foreign Company to take up the running of the government for a term of 4 years so that the country can be taught how to prepare and pass a budget and run it professionally with all key Ministerial position be taken over by them.This will have no difference with the Manitoba contract.

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