By Okeoghene Akubuike, Abuja.
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has dismissed some reports that the Federal Government is putting the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) up for sale.
“The news is completely false in all its ramifications.’’ Head of Public Communications at the bureau, Mr Chidi Ibeh, said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
“The story is a mere fabrication by mischief makers, aimed at creating room for another needless strike by electricity workers.
“The actions of the Federal Government in the power sector are guided by well-articulated policy documents and extant legislations,’’ he stated.
The Federal Government approved the Nigerian Electric Power Policy document in 2001. It formed the basis for the enactment of the Nigerian Electricity Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) 2005.
Government also announced a roadmap for the reform of the power sector in 2010.
“None of these documents envisaged the privatisation of the TCN.
“This was why a Management Contract was put in place to reorganise and optimise TCN’s operations during the 2013 privatisation exercise,’’ Ibeh stated.
He added that the Federal Government had not changed its policy nor amended the EPSRA, as it related to the TCN.
Ibeh urged electricity sector workers and, indeed, the general public to ignore the false publication completely.