Why Buhari Upturned Power Minister’s Sacking Of REA, NBET Chief Executives

Revelation have emerged of the real reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari upturned the sacking of the former managing director of Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi and her counterpart in the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, (NBET), Maryline Amobi by the minister of Power, Engineer Sale Maman.

While Ogunbiyi was suspended, Amobi was sacked by the minister over what was described as inefficiency in their performances.

But the President, while reversing the suspension of Ogunbiyi, announced that the government has accepted her resignation to enable her concentrate on her new job at the United Nations.

Presidency sources say the sacking of the duo did not follow due process as both were appointees of the President and can only be relieved of their duties upon the approval of the Presidency after a thorough investigation into alleged misconduct and abuse of office. On the contrary, the Presidency was not briefed by the power minister before taking his action which was perceived by Senior Presidential Aides and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari as insubordination.

Again, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET), is not solely under the ministry of power, but a joint venture of the Federal Ministry of Finance with 70 percent ownership, the Bureau of Public Enterprise BPE, having 23 percent and the ministry of power with only 7 percent. NBET is therefore constituted with a board of directors that are supervisory council of the operations of the agency, and trusted with the duties to formulate policies that will be implemented by the administrative heads of the agencies. The governing council members were said not to have been consulted before the sack of the managing director by the minister of Power.

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