by Isi Esene
The president of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Peter Esele, yesterday showed its support for the removal of the former Power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, describing his actions as a “shameless pursuit of mundane and base interests.”
He said the former minister’s exit has removed the main clog in the wheel of progress of the privatization process, and pave way for peace and harmony in the power sector.
“The congress believes that this sets in motion the desired ambience for the actualisation of real reforms in the sector which will be transparent and people driven,” he said.
“It is unfortunate that vested interests would drive the process of reforms in the power sector which will therefore not be in the overall interest of Nigerian workers and the masses in general,” he added.
According to the Leadership Newspapers, the TUC president continued saying, “We frown at the fact that a minister championing a reform in the power sector not only has controlling interest in some companies bidding to buy up some of the companies that have emerged from the unbundled PHCN but also owns companies who are major players within the power industry.”
The Union also pointed out that it believes the ousted power minister was not alone in the alleged official graft, it therefore advised the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to weed out more government officials who might be found culpable in any form of fraud.
He said: “Prof Barth Nnaji is not alone in this exercise of shameless pursuit of mundane and base interest within the federal cabinet. We believe there are others and we want to use this opportunity to call on such remaining officers both in the federal cabinet, departments and agencies to also find grace to remove themselves from office.”
The Congress called on the government to always endeavour to do the right thing and desist from fighting corruption only through the media.