*Departing MD flouts SGF’s Directives on hand over processes
*Leadership Tussle Imminent
By Donald Tseen:
The appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer in the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) following the departure of the former Managing Director, Usman Gur Mohammed, has raised tension sending fears of possible leadership tussle.
The appointment recently made by the out- going CEO was said to be in breach of the circular by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, as the retiring MD decided to hand over to a junior officer as against the directive to hand over to the most senior officer.
DAILY ASSeT investigations revealed that on his expiration of term of office, Usman Mohammed handed over the running of affairs of the TCN to Lawal Maman Jimoh, the general manager, system planning and 14th in the hierarchy and in the process by-passing the most senior general manager, Tonack Ayuba Job in- change of procurement (TSP).
This action, sources within the agency said is now generating bad blood because the decision by the former chief executive flouts a circular from the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, dated January 8, 2018, advising heads of agencies whose tenure had elapsed to comply with a circular from the SGF’s office on the order of succession pending the appointment of a substantive chief executive.
The SGF’s circular titled: “End of tenure processes for heads of extra-ministerial departments, director general, chief executive officers of parastatals, agencies, commissions and government-owned companies and succession guidelines,” directed chief executives to comply with the date of expiration of their tenure in office.
Furthermore, the circular dated December 4, 2017, states that “pending the appointment of a substantive head of extra-ministerial department/chief executive officer of parastatal, agency, commission and government-owned companies, the outgoing chief executive officer must handover to the next most senior officer of the establishment, as long as the officer doesn’t have any pending disciplinary matter.
“Outgoing heads of extra-ministerial department/chief executive officer of parastatal, agency, commission and government-owned companies, are not allowed the discretion of choosing the officer to whom they would handover.”
But ignoring this memo from the SGF, the former chief executive opted to unilaterally handover to Jimoh, who hails from Kogi state, instead of Tonack Ayuba, who is the most senior general manager and an indigene of Kaduna state.
Documents obtained by DAILy ASSET indicate that while Jimoh was just promoted to the position of general manager in May 2015, Ayuba’s date of last promotion is May 2011.
Similarly, 10 other general managers who were promoted in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 were by passed by the erstwhile managing director even though they are still in service in choosing his successor.
His singular action to choose who to handover to against explicitly stated government guidelines is not only generating tension but aggrieved workers who condemn the act of injustice have threatened to embark on strike unless the decision to make Jimoh as acting chief executive is reversed.
Most worrisome is that in an earlier circular, dated November 23, 2017, the SGF, Boss Mustapha had reminded chief executive of public agencies to strictly adhere to another memo dated August 14, 2009, directing them to abide with extant laws and guidelines establishing such bodies in the spirit of the rule of law, transparency and accountability in the conduct of government business.
Also, Mustapha had on December 4, 2017, despatched wherein he reminded ministers and principal officers of MDAs that all appointments into vacant positions of chief executives and top echelon of staff of parastatals must be guided by the various laws establishing the.
He warned that such appointments “which should be without prejudice to eligible serving officers competing for these positions must be based on adherence to the principle of justice, equity and fair play.
“To ensure stability, continuity and improvement of staff morale, serving officers shall be encouraged to aspire to top positions of their establishment through effective career development and succession planning.
“Furthermore, since relevant enabling laws confer on Mr. President, the power to appoint chief executives of parastatals and in some cases the executive directors of such agencies of government, there is need for proper coordination to avoid duplication of appointments.
“In this connection, Mr. President has directed that in line with extant guidelines, requests for such appointments should always be channeled to his excellency through the SGF who will process them for approval and in turn communicate any approval to the appropriate supervising ministers.”
Attempts to reach the TCN’s acting General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Mean Ndidi Naomi were unsuccessful as her phone contacts rang our several times without response. .
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