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SSAEAC Urges Buhari Not to Restore Ex-TCN MD

BY TAIWO OGUNMOLA-OMILANI

The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), has implored President Muhammadu Buhari not to be deceived to restore Usman Gur Mohammed, the former Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria.

This was contained in a letter signed by the Union General secretary, Umar Abubakar Dubagari and copied President Muhammadu Buhari, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Attorney General of the Federation among others.

It would be recalled that on 19th and 20th May 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the removal of Usman Gur Mohammed as Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria.

The statement read, “Your Excellency hereby implored not be deceived to undo your approval even with a veiled Circular that seemed aimed at one goal – to restore a man that has caused the government embarrassment by his actions and behavior”.

The Union also reminded President Buhari of its prayers in a latter sent to him that he should order limiting CEO tenure in the power sector unions to maximum of 10 years, including years already served.

SSAEAC in its prayers also want the President to direct the Hon. Ministers of Labour and Power to implement Senior and Junior Staff Classification fully in the power sector.

“To also direct the National Security Adviser and Director General Department of State Security to investigate the breaches with a view to prosecuting the culprits.

” Determine why the Senior Staff Union was by-passed in the two actions and why TCN management cooperated with
National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), to ensure success of the sabotages.

According to the union, your Excellency, our union, the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies( SSAEAC), expect urgent necessary action in view of the potential for repeat of the above breaches and more. We are worried of having an obnoxious precedent set by the failure of sanctioning the above actions.

The Union also threatened to embark on industrial action if nothing is done to salvage the situation.

Earlier, a coalition 21 civil society stakeholders drawn from National Power Sector Stakeholders’ Forum had urged the President to call the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha to order for what they described as an alleged undue thirst for power and of usurpation statutory powers of cabinet ministers for alleged pecuniary reasons.

In a communique signed by the National Coordinator Mr Musa Dawop and released after their meeting, the group called on the President to investigate the special interest of the SGF in power ministry.

The group revealed that many stakeholders are aware that since the sack of the former Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN), the SGF has been working round the clock to bring him back.

The group described the purported moves by the SGF as desperate, suspicious, vexations, counterproductive and unbecoming of someone occupying such a sensitive office.

They expressed surprise that recently some Ministers reorganised their ministries by obtaining approvals directly from the President without any uproar and wondered what suggested that the interest of Mr Boss Mustapha has in the Ministry of Power is likely to be more than meets the eye.

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