Workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN in Lagos yesterday took time off their daily schedule to celebrate the dramatic resignation of Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji who threw in the towel on Tuesday.
For 30 minutes work was grounded at various PHCN offices across the metropolis with workers marking the exit of the minister with thanksgiving and prayer session.
Customers, who turned up at various PHCN offices, had to wait for the workers to conclude their prayer session.
correspondent, who captured the event at the Alausa Headquarters of PHCN undertaking in Lagos, reports that the workers were led during the prayer session by chieftains of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), including the vice president of Lagos and Ogun zone, Mr. Mbang Ntukube.
An official of the union, who spoke to our correspondent on ground of anonymity said the thanksgiving session was in response to a directive from the national body that all the workers of PHCN should observe 30 minutes for thanksgiving yesterday.
Speaking after the session, Mr. Ntukube described the resignation of the minister as “triumph of truth over falsehood”. The vice president however said the resignation of Nnaji was not the end to their agitation.
He called on government to immediately commence the investigation of the minister who according to him tampered with some funds of the PHCN. He also prayed the government to sack the Director General of the Bureau of Private Enterprise, BPE , Miss Bolanle Onagoruwa for not following due process in the privatision of the PHCN.
Meanwhile, reactions continued to trail the resignation of the minister yesterday. The Managing Director of Dauphin Nig Ltd and former chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN Export Group, Mr. Emenyonu Chima said “I don’t believe building a myth around one man. I like systems and not individuals. Though the man is a good professional, whenever the interest of a public servant clashes with that of the nation, the person should quit.
The South-west Chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Mr. Tokunbo Korodo, said Nnaji’s resignation was a new development in Nigeria when a political appointee would resign on a controversial note.
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