The Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Mohammed, has been relieved of his job with immediate effect.
In his place, Mr Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, an engineer, has been appointed the acting Managing Director.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced the sack in a statement by the Minister of Power, Mr Mamman Sale,
and signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Communications, Mr Aaron Artimas.
No reason was given for Mohammed’s removal, but sources at the ministry said it was “part of the reorganisation” of the company.
PerSecondnews recalls that the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) had threatened to ground the electricity sector over anti-labour practices at the TCN and called for his removal.
They alleged that Mohammad illegally sacked the President of SSAEAC, Chris Okonkwo, who still had many years in the service as he had not clocked 60 years of age or 35 years in service.
The organisation said the purported retirement of Okonkwo was illegal as no MD had such powers.
The minister claimed that Buhari personally approved the sack of the TCN boss.
He said:“As part of the continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power sector in the country, the honourable 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 minister also confirmed the appointment of four directors who had been in acting capacity in the company.
The directors are Mr Victor Adewunmi, Executive Director, Transmission Services Provider, M.J Lawal, Executive Director, Independent Systems Operators, Ahmed Isa-Dutse, Executive Director, Finance and Accounts and Justin Dodo, Executive Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services.