The Director-General of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Mohammed, has been removed from office.
Ordering Mr Mohammed’s removal on Tuesdy, the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, said the decision takes immediate effect.
Aaron Artimas, the Minister’s spokesperson, said the removal of Mr Mohammed was “part of the continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power sector in the country.”
Mr Artimas stated:
The Honourable Minister of Power, Engineer Sale Mamman hereby announces major changes at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)
Accordingly, the Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, has been removed from office with immediate effect. He is being replaced with Engineer 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 Engineer Victor G. Adewunmi, Executive Director, Transmission Services Provider; Engineer J Lawal, Executive Director, Independent SystemsOperator; Ahmed Isa-Dutse, Executive Director, Finance & Accounts, and Justin I. Dodo, Executive Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services.
All the changes and appointments have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It is, however, unknown if the removal of the Mohammed and the reorganisation of the top management is connected with a crisis that brewed in the transmission company last week following the retirement of a senior staff and the staff union leader.
On Monday last week, the sacked MD retired the General Manager, Special Duties of the company, Chris Okonkwo, in controversial circumstances.
Mr Okonkwo is also the President-General of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC); the umbrella body of all senior and management staff workers in the power sector.
It was learnt that the union leader was removed despite still having about four and a half years before his official exit from service.