SGF Wades Into TCN Boss Sack

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, is embroiled in a battle for supremacy with Power Minister Sale Mamman over the removal of Usman Mohammed as the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Pulse can exclusively report that the power play involving both men could potentially worsen Nigeria’s perpetually inchoate electricity sector and jeopardize the president’s power reform road-map

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On May 20, 2020, Mamman sacked Mohammed as TCN boss.

Mohammed’s sack was conveyed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power on Media and Communications, Aaron Artimas.

As part of continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power sector in the country, the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, hereby announces major changes in the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

“Accordingly, the Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed has been removed from office with immediate effect. He is being replaced with Sule Abdulaziz as Managing Director in acting capacity,” the statement from the minister’s office read tersely.

Pulse understands that Mustapha is doing everything to reverse Mohammed’s sack–a move that has seen him cross swords with Mamman.

Highly placed sources in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja tell Pulse that the decision to fire Mohammed became inevitable after allegations bordering on corruption, cronyism, nepotism, high handedness and disregard for due process were repeatedly levelled against him.

The memo that forced the minister’s hand

In a memo dated May 11, 2020 and addressed to the minister, the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Company (SSAEAC) accused the TCN MD of “use of fictitious works to pull out money by the same lackeys–growing from N5-10m per day, using same to compromise agencies to evade prosecution and to help himself;

Pulse understands that Mustapha is doing everything to reverse Mohammed’s sack–a move that has seen him cross swords with Mamman.

Highly placed sources in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja tell Pulse that the decision to fire Mohammed became inevitable after allegations bordering on corruption, cronyism, nepotism, high handedness and disregard for due process were repeatedly levelled against him.

Award of contracts to himself at higher costs after termination of running contracts, manipulation of bids to favour himself and his agents, diversion of equipment containers from the ports without records in stores, advertisement of new bids in the papers while abandoning over 150 projects nationwide for pecuniary interest and use of IGR and loans for projects to avoid supervision and appropriation by the national assembly.”

However, in a circular dated May 19, 2020, and addressed to the Chief of Staff, ministers, the central bank governor, chief executives of parastatals and special advisers, among others, SGF Mustapha frowned at Mamman’s sack of Mohammed and issued “approved disciplinary procedure against chief executive officers of federal government parastatals, agencies and departments.”

In the circular exclusively made available to Pulse, the SGF wrote that “when an act bordering on serious misconduct against a CEO is reported, it shall be the duty of the supervising minister through the permanent secretary to refer the matter to the governing board for necessary action in line with the relevant provisions of the Establishment Act and the principles guiding Chapters 3 and 16 of the Public Service Rules;

“The board shall in line with due process, issue him/her a query requesting an explanation with respect to the specific act(s) complained about;

“The board shall forward its findings and recommendations to the minister for further consideration and necessary action.”

Letter Containing the Sack of TCN boss

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