FG to invest on supervisory control system

•••urge stakeholders to stop blame games, take actions •••as market operators decry Liquidity, infrastructure challenges

THE Federal Government FG on Thursday, said it has concluded plans to invest on the supervisory control system otherwise known as the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA).

SCADA is a computer based technology that enables the TCN to monitor power transmission from its control tower stations.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja at a one-day workshop organized by Market Operators, the Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed said already, a committee has been set up to review same.

According to him, the TCN has embark on putting in place the SCADA which he said would be funded by one of the company’s development partners.

Mohammed, who was represented by the Executive Director of Finance and Accounts, Sunny Iroche said: “We set up a committee to review Scada. We had attempted to have SCADA during the time of Manitoba but that was a disaster so the management of TCN has embarked on SCADA which will be funded by one of our development partners like World Bank.”

He also urged stakeholders in the electricity market to stop throwing blames and take appropriate actions that would bring about sustainable development in the power sector.

“We have decided in this Seminar to stop the blame game, like I said in my speech we are as strong as the weakest link of the value chain, the whole essence of this is to sit down and find out why, because it is a product, he said.

Earlier, Market Operators in the power sector decried that over three years since the privatization of the power sector, liquidity and infrastructure challenges are still holding the electricity market from growing to its potential.

In his address, Head of Market Operations, Mr Moshood Saleeman said efforts are being put in place to tackle the challenges through facilitating the role of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET) as the off-taker in the market.

He also noted that lots of blame games are being traded in the electricity market stressing that; “what will solve the problems is our collective ability to take the necessary appropriate actions within the various areas of our responsibilities.

“So our call today is that Blame Game should stop while appropriate actions should start. We all have the responsibility of building an efficient and sustainable electricity market.

“All stakeholders in the market have lots to do in facilitating sustainable growth and efficiency of the market, therefore, we all need to do the needful.”