The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday told the Senate and House of Representatives joint Committee on Power that the decision of the Federal Government to effect changes in the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was informed by the need for improvement.P
The committee is probing the sudden changes in the management of TCN.
He also said the appointment of a Managing Director for TCN has nothing to do with $174 million African Development Bank (AfDB) loan.
The government asked the Acting Managing Director of TCN, EngrAtikuAbubakar to hand over to a new Managing Director, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, said to have been deployed from AfDB to manage the affairs of the TCN.
The workers of the organisation were not happy over deployment of Mohammed from the continental lender to TCN and petitioned the National Assembly.
Chairman of the joint committee, Senator EnyinnayaAbaribe, said a petition by the power sector union in respect of sudden changes in the management of TCN prompted the committee to investigate what was going on in the TCN.
Abaribe noted that the committee felt that if the issues raised by the union were not addressed, they could aggravate the power sector crisis.
Fashola explained that the matter of appointment of a Managing Director for the TCN was “above his pay grade to stop the change having received a presidential directive to carry out the change.”
The minister who said the issue in the TCN was a matter of employer-employee relationship said “if government does not want to keep an employee, there is nothing anybody can do.”