The Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Mr. Don Priestman, has been fired by the board and a new CEO appointed in his place to manage the company.
Mr. Priestman’s sack was announced in a statement Friday by the General Manager, TCN, Mrs. Seun Olagunju, who did not state why his appointment was terminated.
However, it was learnt that his sack might not be unconnected with “internal wrangling, lack of cooperation and many other issues”.
Before the termination of his appointment, Priestman, an expatriate, headed Manitoba Hydro International, the firm employed by the Federal Government to manage the country’s electricity transmission company.
Listing the qualifications of the newly appointed TCN boss, Olagunju, in the statement said the “board of the TCN has approved the appointment of Mr. Mack Kast as the new Managing Director/CEO.
“The appointment of the new MD was approved during the fourth meeting of the board, held in the company’s headquarters, Abuja on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. By this appointment, Kast has replaced the former MD/CEO, of TCN, Mr. Don Priestman”.
Meanwhile, the TCN has announced that it would be carrying out “urgent unavoidable repair works” on its 330KV transmission line from Onitisha in Anambra State to Alaoji in Abia State today.
The repairs, according to TCN, would last from 9am to 12noon.
“Consequently, the Afam VI, River IPP, Ibom Power and Afam IV Power Stations will be shut down, resulting in 826MW reduction in generation output.
“During this period, Abia, Cross River, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states will experience outage. However, power supply will be restored as soon as repair works are completed at 12noon”, it said.