The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) are having a clash over the incoming $364 million World Bank loan.
The TCN has accused the minister of hiring Louis Edozien to replace the current Managing Director, Mr Abubakar Atiku. Louis Edozien was referred to as an unqualified person in comparison to Mr Atiku. The workers accused Fashola of bringing in his cronies, whom they described as incompetent, to solely manage the loan.
At the premises of TCN in Abuja, yesterday afternoon, the leaders of the unions directed their members to leave their duty posts. The stated that they have written to the government protesting the attempt to replace Atiku who has been in the position since August last year when the management contract with Manitoba Hydro ended.
The workers carried various placards urging the minister not to destroy the power sector. They gathered at the entrance to the TCN building singing solidarity songs against the alleged move by Fashola.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council Chairman of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Engr. Wisdom Nwachukwu said
“How can they say he should handover to an accountant who rose through him and if we are to look at the process of promotion, the highest position the man would attain right now will be Principal Manager and we are talking about him becoming a managing director”
The TCN workers have asked the government to reverse its order or face strike, which would inevitably lead to a blackout as TCN is the country’s only power transmission body.