Why I fired Barth Nnaji – President Jonathan

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan

The President reconstitutes membership of two presidential committees on Power

President Goodluck Jonathan fired the former Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji, to pave way for his aide, Reynolds Dagogo-Jack, because both men were engaged in constant power tussle as members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Power the President said Wedneday in Abuja while inaugurating the reconstituted task force.

This remark puts paid to the contention whether Mr. Nnaji, a professor of Robotics, and chief executive geometric systems, an independent power company, voluntarily resigned or was shown the way out after a political dogfight that left him badly bruised.

Mr. Nnaji was the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Power, while the then Special Adviser to the President on Power, Reynolds Dagogo-Jack, doubled as Secretary of the task force and Special Adviser to the Minister of Power.

“We have done it (re-constituted the task force) this way, because the other time when Nnaji was the Chairman, the Secretary (Dagogo-Jack) was my own Special Adviser and he was also his(Nnaji) Special Adviser, and there was a lot of conflicts between the two of them, because they said two captains cannot drive the same ship. This time around, we want one captain and they (members of the task force) will work with him,” the president said, hinting clearly at a preference for the vision espoused by Mr. Dagogo-Jack on the future of power development in Nigeria.

The President said he would personally preside over the Presidential Action Committee (PAC) on Power as Chairman, with the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, as Deputy Chairman, while Mr. Dagogo-Jack would be given the chance to realise his long-sought wish to become the Chairman of the Presidential Task force (PTF) in the new dispensation.

According to the President, the PAC would be meeting every two weeks, and would have the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim; Head of Service of the Federation, Isa Bello Sali; the Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Oghiadomhe; and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke as members.

Other members of the committee include – Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Nwogu; Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; Minister of National Planning, Shamsudeen Usman; Chief Economic Adviser to the president; Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Sylvester Monye; Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Bolanle Onagoruwa; Director General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Emeka Ezeh; Group Managing Director (GMD) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, and Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission ( NERC), Sam Amadi.

Members of the reconstituted PTF include – the Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading PLC, Rumundaka Wonodi; CEO Transmission Company of Nigeria, Olusola Akinniraye; CEO Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Abdulganiyu Umar; CEO Ugheli Power PLC, Paul Umunna, and CEO Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Oladele Amoda.

Other members are the Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), James Olotu; Managing Director, Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), Saidu Mohammed, and CEO, Geregu Power PLC, Adeyemi Adenuga, while the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power, Dere Awosika, would provide the secretariat.

The new Minister of Power expected to be appointed soon, according to the President, would also join the committee.

We erroneously reported on Wednesday that the former Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Tanimu Yakubu was appointed into the newly reconstituted Presidential Action Committee (PAC) on Power. We have since found out that we made a mistake. We apologise. The correct name is the incumbent, NWANZE OKIDEGBE.


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