The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) has highlighted some of the alleged impunities of the sacked Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Mohammed Gur Usman.
Usman was sacked on Tuesday through a press statement from the Minister of Power, Mamman Saleh.
In a heartfelt appreciation on Wednesday, the union in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Umar A. Dubagari, thanked the President/Commander-in-Chief, Mohammadu Buhari and Ministers of Power, Mamman Saleh, for liberating the hub of power sectors (TCN) from the stranglehold of a despot, saying the former managing director was a misfit for the organisation.
The union said: “We foresaw this when we exposed his background and character which he covered up with falsified CV that misled the government. We are glad that the truth has prevailed with the announcement of the removal of recalcitrant and insubordinate MD TCN, which is a welcome relief to TCN staff and power sector operators”
Some of the sins of the former Managing Director as listed by the union include:
1. Abandonment of TCN structure for cronism and nepotism.
2. Manipulation of procurement processes with attendant financial fleecing of TCN.
3. Clearing and diversion of over 700 Containers from the ports without documentation of contents.
4. Loss of 20 power transformers and substations worth over N30B in just over three years, a humongous loss to Nigeria.
4. Connivance with compromised staff to fleece TCN of assets and resources.
5. Destruction of unionism through sponsorship of internal crises.
6. Connivance and use of a union to act as his blackmail machinery against government and his superiors.
7. Quarrelsomeness with Co-sector operators with uncouth language and character.
8. Enslavement of workers by instigating spying and reporting on each other – working in fear of his victimization.
9. Abuse of his power in dispensing official rights of workers like foreign medical trips.
10. General emasculation of rights of all except through intimidation and harassment.
“The atrocities of this man are numerous and have just been cut short ignominiously, to the relief of the sector. It was a removal of disorder, arrogance, insubordination, impunity and tumoil in the sector as characterized by his tenure since Feb 2017. All Nigerians should therefore look forward to improved services in TCN since workers are liberated from the fear stranglehold of the man aimed at personal gains. Terror and gangsterism is gone in TCN!”, the union said.