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Power Sector: Expectations High As TCN Acting Managing Director, Abdulaziz Assumes Office

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TCN Acting Managing Director, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz

Expectations are high at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Corporate HeadQuarters Abuja, of the changes in administration and power transmission process which the newly appointed Acting Managing Director, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, will effect to improve the Power Sector.

This follows the reorganization and appointments effected by the Federal government in the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Tuesday night, which saw the appointment of an Acting Managing Director, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, who had since assumed office, Wednesday morning.

Although, his appointment triggered off protests Wednesday, by the TCN Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), who had demanded a reversal of the sack of the erstwhile Managing Director, Usman Gur Mohammed by the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, calm had since returned at the Power House, Maitama, the Corporate headquarters of the TCN.

OPTIMUM TIMES however, observed that the major question on the lips of many is what change is Engr. Abdulaziz going to effect in the organization which operations were almost stabilized by the immediate past chief executive, Mohammed whose tenure was abruptly terminated by the Minister of Power, Mamman, Tuesday.

The question became very critical against the backdrop of information that Directors in the TCN, who were seen to be equally qualified to head the agency and are superiors of Mr. Abdulaziz were bye-passed in the appointment. How he will preside over these directors appears a herculean task.

The profile of Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, showed that, he was the Regional Transmission Manager for Abuja Region of TCN before his appointment as the Acting Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, on 19th May, 2020.

He joined the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) in 1996 as Manager, Electrical, and rose through the ranks to become the Senior Manager, Projects in the defunct Power Holding Company (PHCN) in charge of, and supervising various project sites nationwide.

In 2013, Engr. Abdulaziz was made the Assistant General Manager, Technical Audit in charge of valuation and vetting of all technical jobs executed by contractors among others.

In 2014, he was moved back to Projects department as the Assistant General Manager, Substation Projects, working as projects’ director for all TCN’s substations projects which includes general supervision, defining project parameters and ensuring compliance with specifications and timelines.

As Assistant General Manager, Projects, he ensured the successful completion and energizing of various transmission substation projects including Kukwaba in Abuja, Maiduguri Substation in Borno, Odogunyan Substation in Lagos State and Okpella Substation in Edo State, among others.

He holds a BSc Electrical and MSc Automation Engineering from The Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria and is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council for the Regulations of Engineering (COREN) and a Chartered Member of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

Engr. Abudulaziz has attended several local and international Engineering, Technical and Administrative courses.

He assumed duty as the Acting MD on 20th May, 2020.

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