- The minister of power, Sale Mamman, suspends and orders the managing director of the Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi, to hand over to the next most senior officer in the agency
- Mamman directs an immediate investigation into the activities of the agency
- The minister discloses that the investigation is meant to reposition the Rural Electrification Agency for better service delivery
The managing director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, has been suspended indefinitely by the minister of power, Sale Mamman.
The suspension of Ogunbiyi was disclosed in a statement by the special adviser, Aaron Artimas, on Tuesday, December 24, The Nation reports.
“Following some apparent infractions in the Rural Electrification Agency, the Minister of Power Engr Sale Mamman has directed the Managing Director of the Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi to proceed on indefinite suspension with immediate effect," the statement read in part.
The minister asked Ogunbiyi to hand over to the next most senior officer in the agency. He also directed an immediate investigation into the activities of the agency towards repositioning it for better service delivery.
Meanwhile, there is a chance that Nigerians could experience a nationwide blackout as some electricity workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) are threatening to resume their recently suspended nationwide strike.
Legit.ng reported that the workers said they might resume the strike if the government fails to implement the agreement reached with them, The Nation reports.
The workers accused the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) of failing to fully pay the over 2,000 disengaged workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) since 2013.
In another report, Nigeria is set to lose more revenues from energy exports once its neighbour, Niger Republic starts generating her own electricity, The Nation reports.
Aside from the Niger Republic, Nigeria exports electricity valued at between $582 million and $665 million annually to countries such as Togo, Chad, and the Benin Republic. It exports between 350megawatts (Mw) and 400 Mw of electricity daily to those countries, with a view to generating more revenues and meet their energy needs.
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