Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Power Minster, Barth Nnaji didn't resign, he was sacked
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sacked power minister, Bart Nnaji, for compromising the privatisation process which he was appointed to see through.
A terse statement signed by Reuben Abati, special media adviser to the President, said: “ President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has accepted the resignation with immediate effect of the Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji.
President Jonathan thanks Prof. Nnaji for his services to the nation under the present administration and wishes him well in his future endeavours”.
The former Power Minister was summoned by President Jonathan, over allegation that he (Nnaji) was fronting for him in the Privatisation exercise in the energy sector.
The rattled minister, sources said, was surprised by the president’s question and reportedly denied the charge. The president delivered the final blow when he queried the former minister’s interest in one of the firms involved in the privatisation process.
Prof. Nnaji told the president that he had disclosed to the National Council on Privatisation, that he used to have interest in one of the firms bidding to buy the Afam Power plant in Enugu.
An outraged President Jonathan, told the minister that he ought to have known that there would be conflict of interest in the exercise.
After venting his anger at the minister, Nnaji threw in the towel by offering to step down as minister.
The president, still seething, accepted it immediately.