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Govt sacks 3 power chiefs over poor electricity supply

03 April 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – THE Nigerian Government, Monday, retired three key power sector officials, following the deteriorating power supply situation in the country.

Among those affected are the Chief Executive Officer (CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Akinwumi Bada; the Market Operator, Mr. Uzoma Achinanya; and the Executive Director, Human Resources,
Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Mr. Olusoga Muyiwa.

The Presidency also approved the immediate replacement of the affected officials. They were succeeded by Mr. Olusola Akinniranye, the executive director, TCN and Mr. Evaristus Mogbo, who are now the CEO TCN and Market Operator respectively.

There was, however, no immediate replacement for the Human Resources Director at PHCN.
A statement from the Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, after an emergency meeting with chief executive officers of PHCN successor companies in Abuja, said the appointments were made to enable the power sector reform regain momentum.

Continuous reorganisations
He said: “There will be continuous reorganisation of the industry until we achieve efficiency and effectiveness,” urging the new appointees to live up to expectation, as government would no longer tolerate delays in the implementation of the power sector reform.

The meeting with the CEOs of successor companies was attended by the Minister of State (Power), Mr. Darius Ishaku; Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, and the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Dr. (Mrs) Dere Awosika and other directors of the Ministry.

At the meeting, Nnaji was said to have expressed government’s disappointment over the sudden drop in power supply in the past couple of weeks, and the CEOs’ inability to communicate the issues and prepare the general public on the development.

He warned that henceforth, failure to live up to the service agreements they signed on power delivery would be met with sanctions, adding: “We have said it before that you are in charge; you must live up to the responsibility that is given to you or expect to see a reaction for not doing so.”

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  • Benny Alli

    I was sitting with friends in the office when the news of the retirement of three key PHCN personnel hit us. we all shouted “about time”

    The commitment of this administration to the regular generation and supply of power to this Nation is not in doubt. It is no longer business as usual and no one is spared in the realization of this singular objective. President Goodluck Jonathan, Monday, ordered the immediate retirement of three key functionaries in the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and its successor companies over the deteriorating state of power supply in the country.

    He charged the two new appointees to live up to expectation, as government was no longer in the mood to tolerate delays in the implementation of the power sector reform.

    With these new appointments, the Honorable Minister has also instructed strict compliance to the payment of the 50% increase in the salaries for verified PHCN workers as agreed last year

    Nnaji, who came back at the weekend from an investment tour of Europe and Asia, where he signed a signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with General Electrics of America, for a $10 billion investment in various power plants with combined capacity of 10,000 Megawatts, expressed disappointment with the CEOs of the successor companies who failed to communicate the issues and prepare the general public for the sharp drop in power supply that hit the nation for some weeks now.

    Nnaji said: “On the business of ensuring that we have reliable power supply, we cannot afford to have swings in the system; today you get certain amount of power, tomorrow there is another amount, there needs to be predictability; Nigerians need to know what they are getting and we must insist that we do it this way, it’s not going to be anymore however you decide to manage.

    “For now, what we want to communicate here is that we are going to vigorously pursue any hindrance to power supply and ensure that we clean out the system. We have to make sure that we deliver more reliable electricity to the country. It is just a few people that internally tried to tinker with the system but we are in a good shape and we are moving forward from there.”

    Prof. Nnaji is a technocrat with a track record of achievement in the power sector. He is known to mean what he says and his commitment to continuing the power sector reform and bringing it to a state the great Nigerian nation deserves is not in doubt. With actions like this, who can doubt the commitment of this administration to getting the thorny issue of power right in Nigeria? I can hear many Nigerians chorus “about time”