***Accuse Minister Of Breaching Due Process
Power House, Corporate Headquarters of the ministry of Power and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has been barricaded by protesting staff against the sudden removal of the erstwhile TCN Managing Director, Usman Gur Mohammed Tuesday night.
Partial office activities due to COVID-19 pandemic, were disrupted as the entrance gate into the building complex was sealed up under lock and key by the protesters who accused the Minister of Power of high handedness and of not following due process in sacking Mr. Mohammed.
Some top officials who arrived early prior to the protest were locked inside the complex while others were not allowed entry.
The protesters under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at TCN branch, demanded a reversal of the sack by the Minister.
They also threatened to paralyze transmission operations nationwide.
The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, had Tuesday night through a statement, sacked Mohammed and replaced him by appointing Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz as the Acting Managing Director.
The statement entitled, “Reorganization /New Appointments at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)”, reads: As part of continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power Sector in the country, the Honorable Minister of Power Engr. Sale Mamman hereby announces major changes at the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
“Accordingly, the Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed has been removed from office with immediate effect. He is being replaced with Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, as Managing Director, in acting capacity.
“The Honourable Minister has also confirmed the appointment of four directors who have been on acting position in the Company for some time.
“They are; Engt. Victor G. Adewumi. Executive Director, Transmission Services Provider; Engr. M. J. Lawal, Executive Director, Independent Systems Operator; Ahmed lsa-Dutse, Executive Director, Finance & Accounts and justin l. Dodo, Executive Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services.
“All the changes/ appointments have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.”