Following his confirmation as the substantive Managing Director/CEO of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to continue to work towards sustained improved supply of electricity in the country.
Since May19, 2020, Abdulaziz was the Acting Managing Director of the transmission company, responsible for the overall supervision of its activities, including transmission projects, transmission network operations and maintenance, system operations, market administration, human resources management and as the Chief Accounting Officer.
But on Wednesday his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as the substantive Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of TCN was confirmed, with effect from April 4, 2022.
Over the period he served in acting capacity, Abdulaziz recorded several milestone achievements in project execution and delivery, stable grid management, and human resources management
Apart from projects significantly impacted TCN operations, Abdulaziz brought to bear his over 25-years of engineering experience and responsibility in the management of the company.
His achievements were in the areas of projects execution and delivery, with focus on grid expansion, rehabilitation, and maintenance as well as stability and reliability in the transmission of bulk power in the country, through the systematic implementation of the Nigeria Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP).
He established the programme to guide the execution of capital and reinforcement projects across the transmission regions in the country, giving priority to the maintenance of the existing infrastructure.
Also, he demonstrated capacity in project execution and fund management, as he ensured that all projects under donor-funded schemes were professionally supervised by specialized units of the company called Project Management Units (PMUs).
The execution of the donor sponsored projects have progressed extensively and the milestones delivery are as scheduled.
The Abuja feeding scheme Project, for instance, which consists of one new 330kV line, two 330/132kV, and three 132kV transmission substations has progressed extensively and would be ready for commissioning by the end of the third quarter of 2022.
The World Bank-sponsored NETAP project has also made remarkable progress, as all procurement processes have been concluded, with most of the packages at the project implementation stage.
Some of these projects include the recent delivery of five 150MVA 330/132kV and ten 60MVA, 132/33kV Transformers simultaneously to TCN Central Stores at Ojo Lagos, while some have been moved to substation sites across the country for installation..
His collaborative management approach has engendered synergy and consultation among sister agencies and other sector players who are now recognized as TCN customers and partners in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
Over the period, Abdulaziz brought industrial harmony to TCN, by maintaining a non-interference and non-divisive policy in dealing with labour unions and their matters.
Besides, he enhanced capacity development, by strategically investing in the training and retraining of staff to bridge skill gaps, among others.
Prior to his appointment as the Acting MD/CEO of TCN, Abdulaziz was the General Manager (Projects) at the corporate headquarters, and subsequently, the Regional Transmission Manager of Shiroro and Abuja Regions of TCN, with responsibility for various operational and managerial functions, including the wheeling of bulk power to the Distribution Companies (DISCOs); coordination and supervision of equipment maintenance and repairs, transmission network reliability, security and expansion; inventory and stock management, maintaining fiscal responsibility and accountability of the regional offices.
In his over 25 years of cognate experience in project management, administration, and fund management, Abdulaziz led the initiation and development of various strategic projects, such as the Construction of 2×30/40MVA, 132/33KV Substation at Talata Mafara; Construction of 2x60MVA, 132/33KV Substation at Keffi, Daura and Kukwaba (Abuja Stadium), Kurfi, Kurfi; Malumfashi, Dustin-Ma, Kankara, Daura, Gagarawa, Lalante, and Igangan; Construction of 1x150MVA 330/132KV Substation at Maiduguri and Construction of 2x150MVA, 330/132/33KV Substation at Katsina, among others.
As the Ag MD/CEO of TCN, Abdulaziz served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), and under his leadership of the sub-regional body, ensured the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of the North Core Project, a transmission project aimed at interconnecting Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria for cross-border electricity trade.
A registered Power Engineer with COREN and a Fellow of both the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and the Nigeria Institute of Power Engineers (NIPE), Abdulaziz is a also a chartered member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). He holds a Master of Science in Electronics/Automation Engineering from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. Engr. Abdulaziz has attended several training and self-developmental courses in the general field of engineering and electrical engineering both in Nigeria and abroad in the following nonexclusive areas: Engineering Project Management and Execution; Design, Operation, and Maintenance of High Voltage Power Equipment; System Planning and Analysis; and Effective and Strategic Procurement.
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