29 November 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Urged to Intervene in Alleged N24 Billion TCN Fraud

The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the current imbroglio over the recent alleged N24billion fraud at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

SSAEAC's President, Comrade Bede Opara made the call yesterday at an interactive session with newsmen on how, the good intentions of the federal government on constant power supply were being challenged by the non-availability of necessary materials to make power supply work.

"We call on President Jonathan to intervene in the current sealing of stores that is affecting the operations in the power sector.

"The federal government has retracted the allegation of over N24billion fraud at the headquarters of TCN, but did not reverse the order sealing the TCN's stores, maybe because the allegations cannot be substantiated, but for the seal up of the stores, efforts by workers to carry out their operations are being stalled by non-availability of equipment.

"Our worry is that if there is fraud, we want the government to bring the culprits to book, because the sealing of the stores is negatively affecting the maintenance work , and all ongoing projects are unduly delayed as a result of outage duration", he added

According to him, "The turn of events in recent times, from all indications would affect the government transformation agenda in the power sector as some projects to be commissioned in December may be affected by the unholy decision."

He argued that the government needs to investigate and bring to book whoever is behind the cheap blackmail to scuttle the constant supply of electricity, the labour leader said.

"We want the federal government to investigate the fraud allegation as the tension created by the impact have delayed projects.

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