Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to investigate the tenure of former Minister of Power Barth Nnaji, who it blamed of financial recklessness and other offences.
A press statement signed by the Acting General Secretary of NLC Comrade Chris Uyot entitled “we welcome the exit of Prof Nnaji as Power Minister” said the ex- minister “who until last night was a major problem to renewed effort aimed at reactivating the power sector has compromised the office of the Minister of Power with his personal business interests.”
NLC added that Nnaji was a stumbling block to industrial peace and harmony in the industry.
According to the NLC “reports are already in the public domain on Prof. Nnaji’s record of financial recklessness, high handedness and diversion of major businesses meant for PHCN to his private companies as well as companies he has vested interests.
“While we welcome his long awaited exit, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately institute a thorough investigation into his tenure as minister in the Power Ministry.”
The congress also called on President Jonathan to create an atmosphere of fairness and justice for speedy resolution of all outstanding labour matters in the process of disengaging some PHCN employees, “which Prof. Nnaji stalled before his exit.”
It added that the “contentious issue of severance benefits is never an issue that cannot be resolved through dialogue, but Nnaji chose to heat up the system by blocking every avenue for dialogue and invited armed military personnel to intimidate workers under spurious pretenses.