The Erstwhile Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed, said his sack Tuesday night was expected because he worked differently from the way things were being done in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Mohammed was invited from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2017 by the Federal government to come and help to revive the Transmission chain of the nation’s epileptic power sector.
His reaction Wednesday was against the backdrop of his sack Tuesday night through a press statement by the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman.
His sudden sack has generated protests by the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at TCN branch, demanding a reversal of the sack by the Minister.
However, Mohammed expressed surprise that while he was engaged after negotiations between federal government and the AfDB, the Government decided to sack him through press statement.
According to him, “Like I always say, in a society like ours, anyone who work the way I did should expect sack everyday. So I have been expecting this since the day I assumed duty in February 2017.
“No surprises in what happened to me yesterday. The irony is while I was requested to assist in solving TCN lingering issues through a dignified engagement between Nigeria and AfDB in which it took me 6 months after PMB approval to take the assignment and I did best; I was sacked through press release without even a courtesy of informing me before it was announced.
“Yet I am grateful to PMB and those who participated in inviting me to serve Nigeria. I have no single regret or ill feeling because of the way it ended.”
While, the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at TCN branch protested against his sack, the national SSAEAC expressed gratitude to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, for his sack in a statement Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Acting Managing Director of TCN, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, had since resumed office.