Nigeria’s President sacks Power Minister

Joseph BAMIDELE

ABUJA-President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the embattled minister of power Prof. Bart Nnaji following numerous allegations of monumental frauds which have bedeviled the power sector recently.

Nnaji’s sack was comfirmed on Tuesday in a short press statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Dr Rueben Abati, even though it was couched as resignation.

According to the statement, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has accepted the resignation with immediate effect of the Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji.

“President Jonathan thanks Prof. Nnaji for his services to the nation under the present administration and wishes him well in his future endeavours.”

POWER MINISTER BARTH NNAJI

Calls placed to several stakeholders in the sector and officials of the ministry revealed that the minister’s sack may not be unconnected with barrage of allegations of frauds and favoritisms leveled against him by the electricity union and some stakeholders in the sector.

The Minister, who has had a running battle with organised labour in electricity sector since his appointment, has also been accused of diverting funds meant for development of the sector to his own interests.

Nnaji has previously expressed deep frustrations with organised labour and other entrenched interests within the sector, who have resisted his efforts to revamp the comatose power sector.

His fall from the hot seat may have been hastened by his constant rub-ins with executives of power generating plants, even as he determinedly pursued the privatisation agenda of the Federal government.

Earlier on Tuesday, the embattled Minister left the negotiation with organised labour abruptly over his alleged vested interest in the privatisation of Afam power plant.

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