by Stanley Azuakola
It’s bye-bye for Barth Nnaji. All his vision and plans for the power sector will either die with his resignation or if he’s lucky, pursued by his successor.
PHCN workers around the country have, however, made their feelings about his departure clear, and it’s simple – We won’t miss you, Barth.
Nnaji has been engaged in a long running battle with some electricity unions. At one point during the recent PHCN strike, some employees in Lagos had alleged that Nnaji was scared of coming to Lagos because he knew he was going to be mobbed.
Their bone of contention with the former minister was that he refused to accede to the amount they sought as severance benefit in anticipation of the privatisation in that sector.
The general secretary of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSSAEA), Abiodun Ogunsegha, in reaction to Nnaji’s removal, said that all the PHCN workers across the country were thanking God.
“God has eventually answered our prayers and made the government to listen to us. It is obvious that the government has noted his several misdeeds. We are all very happy. In fact, we thank God for answering our prayers. We hope the government will appoint a right person that will carry all stakeholders along, especially the union to give Nigeria a stable power supply,” he said.
The mood was no different at PHCN Akangba, Surulere, as staff held a praise/worship session after receiving news of Nnaji’s resignation.