By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government has relieved the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, of his duties with immediate effect.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman, on Tuesday in a statement through the Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister, Mr Aaron Animas, in Abuja.
It was revealed that Mr Mohammed’s removal took effect immediately, and announced in his place is Mr Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, who will serve as acting Managing Director for now.
The TCN is the only government owned company in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) after the privatisation of electricity distribution and generation companies in 2013. This means it is responsible for appointment and termination of managerial positions.
According to the statement, his removal was part of government’s effort to reorganize the power sector.
“As part of continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power sector in the country, the Honourable Minister of Power Engr. Sale Mamman hereby announces major changes at 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 Engr. 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: Engr. Victor G. Adewumi, Executive Director, Transmission Services Provider; Engr. M. J. Lawal, Executive Director, Independent Systems Operator; Ahmed lsa-Dutse, Executive Director, Finance & Accounts and Justin l. Dodo, Executive Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services.
“All the changes/ appointments have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari,” the statement said.
Mr Gur Mohammed, a staff of the African Development Bank (AfDB), was appointed Interim Managing Director of TCN on February 1, 2017 for a period of 12 months.
He was, however, appointed substantive Managing Director a year later.
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