The staff of the power company had been at loggerheads with the former minister
PHCN workers around the country have made it clear that they will not miss the former Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji.
During the most recent PHCN strike, some employees in Lagos had alleged that the erstwhile minister was afraid to come to Lagos for fear of being mobbed by them. Nationally, the workers were constantly battling with Nnaji due to the minister?s refusal to pay them the severance benefits they sought.
Reacting to Nnaji?s termination the General Secretary of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSSAEA), Abiodun Ogunsegha, said 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,? Ogunsegha said.
Speaking in reaction to the battle waged against him by the ?powers that be?, Nnaji said he knew it was only a matter of time before the fight would cause him to be a casualty.
Nnaji said, ?The Federal Ministry of Power has always known that the beneficiaries of the old and decadent order in the electric power sector would not accept the new, far-reaching changes in the power sector without a fight.
?With power supply at an all-time high across the nation in the last few weeks and with the privatisation of PHCN assets at an advanced stage to the delight of the Nigerian people, those who have been feeding fat on the misery of our citizens have been fighting back with unimaginable ferocity.?
He also blamed the mass media for the development saying ?they have not left anything to chance in the determination to scuttle the electric power reform, including spirited attempts to recruit some members of the mass media.?