Shagaya: Ports & Cargo mourns, flies flag at half mast

General John Shagaya

The concessionaire and operator of the Terminal C, Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, Ports & Cargo Handling Service Limited, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, is pathetically mourning the death of its board chairman, General John Nanzip Shagaya (rtd), who died in an auto crash on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the age of 75, while going to Jos, from Langtang, his village.

The General is associated with the phenomenal success and growth of the Ports and Cargo. For this reason, and as a mark of honour, the SIFAX Group flag will fly at half mast at the company’s head office and Ports & Cargo terminal for three days.

“Let me quickly put on record that he played a very significant role in the success story of the company that has now become one of the good case studies of the port concessioning initiative embarked upon by the Federal Government over a decade ago”, the SIFAX Group Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi stated in a personally signed tribute, describing the deceased as truly one of the company’s pillars that contributed immensely to the phenomenal growth of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited.

“It is with a rude shock that we received the news of the death of General John Nanzip Shagaya (Rtd), who was until his demise on Sunday, February 11, 2018, the Board Chairman of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited”, he further indicated, extolling his virtues.

Afolabi observed that the late General put at the company’s disposal his wealth of experience which he acquired both locally and internationally, when critical decisions about the business were to be made, while also availing the company his extensive contacts that cut across the length and breadth of the country when knotty issues needed to be resolved.

While extolling his virtues, the SIFAX Group boss noted that the deceased was not only a highly resourceful, gentle, kind and selfless individual, but was also famed for his unparalleled dedication to any cause he believed in.

Speaking also on the special relationship he shared with him, Afolabi said: “At the personal level, I enjoyed a father-son relationship with him and I will be eternally grateful for the wise counsel that I received generously from him.

“On behalf of all of us at Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited particularly and SIFAX Group as a whole, I wish to commiserate with the children and other members of the Shagaya Family on this great loss. Our word of counsel at this moment is that the family should be consoled by his enviable legacy and immense contributions to individuals, communities, corporate establishments and the nation at large”, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi highlighted further.

Meanwhile, transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Monday announced that it has attained a wheeling capacity of 7,124 Mega Watts (MW) transmission capacity of electricity to the Distribution Companies.

The Information is part of the communiqué issued in Abuja on Monday at the end of the 24th monthly meeting of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola with operators of the Power Sector.

According to the communique, TCN also announced plans to expand its transmission lines through its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme in line with its 20 Year Transmission Expansion Plan.

The communiqué reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to improve electricity service delivery through development of policy initiatives like the N701 billion Payment Assurance Guarantee to generating companies.

Other policies of government designed to improve services in the sector include the eligible customer regulations, metering regulations and distribution expansion plan to distribute the approximately 2000MW of generation capacity currently unutilised.

It said Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET) noted that Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved valuation of approximately N27 billion Ministries, Departments; Agencies (MDAs) debts owed Distribution Companies (DISCOS) by MDAs.

It said the debts would be deducted from the current debts owed by the DISCOS to NBET.

It added that NBET had applied to the appropriate agencies of federal government to pay an equivalent sum to the Generating Companies (GenCos.)

It said Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC) announced that Egbema and Okija communities were now connected to the national grid.

It added also that the connection equipment had been handed over to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).

It noted that significant progress was reported on Nnewi – Ihiala line, Ikot Ekpene -Afam  and Daura- Kazaure lines .

According to the communiqué, NDPHC also noted that the committee to review abandoned distribution projects across the country has been constituted and should complete work by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

It said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) reported on the performance of the sector in 2017.

“NERC noted an improvement by DisCos in complaint resolution, metering and energy delivered in 2017, as compared to 2016.

“Eko DisCo was listed as the overall best performing DisCo,” it reported.

According to the communiqué, TCN further reported an improved performance in 2017 compared to 2016, with a higher peak transmission of 5,222MW in 2017 against 5,075MW in 2016.

It revealed that fewer system collapses and shorter interruption disruptions were recorded in 2017 compared to 2016.

It further announced that Olorunsogo I, Calabar NIPP and Omotosho I were jointly identified as the best performing gas plants in 2017 due to improved availability, while Jebba was the best performing Hydro plant.