By Oke Peter
Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Mohammed, has disclosed that right-of-way concerns are a major problem confronting Nigeria’s power transmission expansion programme.
Mohammed revealed that right-of-way issues constitute about 80 per cent of court cases involving the TCN.
“Right-of-way is a big issue in Nigeria and this is one of the problems why we have court cases. For us in the TCN, about 80 per cent of our cases in court have to do with right-of-way issues. So it is a big problem and I can tell you why this is an issue in Nigeria in contrast to what is seen in other countries.
“When we did the environmental impact assessment and we enumerated the cost of economic activities along the right-of-way, we confirmed that the line from Benin Kebbi to Kamba, which is the border between Nigeria and Niger, is just about 62 kilometres. We also found out that from the border of Nigeria or from Kamba to Kamai is over 300 kilometres,” he said.