The TUC condemned the participation of companies linked to the former minister in the power sector reform.
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Wednesday, in Lagos, described the resignation of the Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji, as a welcome development to the sector.
The President of the union, Peter Esele, and General Secretary, John Kolawole, said this in a statement. They added that his resignation would also create a level playing ground for participants in the sector.
The union leaders said that there would be transparency and citizens-based reform when all participants have a level playing ground to bid for the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
The unionists frowned at the former minister’s role in the on-going reform, alleging that he had interests in some companies that were major players within the power sector.
“It is unethical for Nnaji to champion the power sector reform, as well as have interest in some companies bidding to buy some of the companies that have emerged from the unbundled PHCN,” the union said. “It is morally wrong. That is why we see his exist as a welcome development that will create a level playing ground for all participants in the sector.”
They advised stakeholders not to allow the nation’s leaders use their offices to enrich themselves. The union leaders reiterated the need for public office holders to conduct their affairs in a transparent manner.
They urged President Goodluck Jonathan to replace Mr. Nnaji with somebody that would assist him in fulfilling his reforms in the power sector and deliver the nation from perpetual darkness.
They also urged all parties in the on-going negotiation between electricity workers and government, over the workers severance package, to settle the issues amicably.
Mr. Nnaji’s resignation, as power minister, was announced by President Jonathan on Tuesday.