By Williams Orji
Criticisms have continued to trail the plans by the out-going Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Engr. Usman Gur Mohammed to hand over the reins of authority in the company to Engr. Lawal Maman Jimoh, a General Manager in charge of System Planning, as the acting MD, following his mandatory completion of his tenure as the MD in the federal government-owned parastatal.
Findings by The AUTHORITY showed that of the 24 General Managers in the company, Engr. Jimoh is 15th in the hierarchy, thereby not eligible to be handed over as an acting managing director.
By handing over to Jimoh, the outgoing MD, has equally disobeyed the recent memo by the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha, in which he warned all heads of parastatals whose tenure in office has expired not to extend such tenure. He equally informed them through the memo, of the need to hand over to the must senior officer in the parastatals, a�?as long as such officer does not have any pending disciplinary matter.a�?
He therefore warned that a�?Outgoing heads of extra-ministerial departments, Parastatals, Agencies, Commissions, and Government-owned companies, are not allowed the discretion of choosing the officer to whom they would handover.a�?
But The AUTHORITY check at TCN showed that the next senior officer is Engr. Tonack Ayuba Job, who is the GM in charge of TSP.
Engr. Job last date of promotion was 3rd May 2011, while Engr. Jimoh, who is the officer the outgoing MD preferred has 18th March 2015, as his last promotion. Therefore, by virtue of seniority, our finding shows, Engr. Jimoh, is not eligible to hold such position.
But this act of indiscipline has drawn criticisms from watchers of the paratatal, as the National Coordinator of Democratic Watch, a socio-political organisation, Alhaji Ibrahim Modibbo, has called on President Mohammad Buhari and the SGF, Boss Mustapha, to urgently step in and reverse the injustice done to Engr. Job, to avoid any industrial crisis in TCN.
He said that the rule of law which has been the cardinal principle of Buhari administration should be adhered to, as communicated by the SGF in his memo which was reinforced by another memo signed by one Audu-Nunghe, R. M.( Mrs), on behalf of the Honorable minister of Power, Works and Housing, to all heads of government-owned agencies, reiterating the need to adhere strictly to the directives of the SGF, on end of tenure process for heads of government agencies.
Calls put across to the acting GM, public affairs, TCN, Mrs Ndidi Mba, were not picked, as she sent SMS that she would call back, but never did. Even when SMS was sent to her on the issue, she didna��t respond before the paper went to bed.
By Williams Orji