‘Why government should not renew Manitoba’s contract’

 Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko

Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko

Citing the firm’s alleged failure to execute its terms of engagement, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the presidency not to renew the management contract the government entered into with Manitoba Hydro International of Canada for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

In justifying its call, the human rights group made copious reference to the firm’s alleged failure to turn TCN into a world-class transmission company as it promised.

In a statement in Abuja, HURIWA said it was making the call on behalf of 26 civil society groups.

National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said Manitoba had performed abysmally and allegedly breached all the terms of engagement.

According to Onwubiko: “The Federal Government’s objective in hiring MHI is to improve the skills and inculcate best practice in Transmission Service Management and to co-ordinate effective leadership skill to staff of TCN. To bring to bear ‘world’s best practice in the management of power transmission business.’

The group described the company’s promise as a mirage.

It noted: “Firstly, it has come to bear that Manitoba Hydro International did not send any of her experienced member of staff to TCN as MHI in Canada claimed that they are not part of the management contract. This clearly means that a group of businessmen are merely using the MHI name and probably paying royalty.

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