Tinubu May Redeploy Power Minister, Others On First Anniversary

Why Tinubu May Sack Or Redeploy Power Minister, Others On First Anniversary, Mixed Reactions

Tinubu May Redeploy Power Minister, Others On First Anniversary
Tinubu May Redeploy Power Minister, Others On First Anniversary

President Bola Tinubu may reshuffle his cabinet and sack or redeploy some ministers deemed to have underperformed to different ministries, according to a source in the presidency. Eaglessightnews has gathered

Recall that during the opening ceremony of a three-day cabinet retreat for ministers, presidential aides, permanent secretaries, and top government functionaries in November, Tinubu threatened to sack non-performing ministers.

He had appointed Hadiza Bala Usman as a special adviser on policy coordination to monitor the ministers’ performance and ensure coordination across ministries, departments, and agencies.

According to a reported cited on whilstlerthe source also revealed that Tinubu may reshuffle his cabinet as he marks one year in office, having concluded the plans before his recent trip.

“Tinubu will reshuffle his cabinet as he clocks the one year in office.

“He had concluded plans before he travelled on who and who to change and redeploy. The Power Minister, Adebayo Adelabu is topping the list of redeployment. He will be taken to another ministry because he underperformed.

“There have been a lot of issues around the sector ever since he came on board. I am telling you this, there was a time Tinubu threatened to sack him after the comments he made that Nigerians are putting on their freezers and Air conditioning.

“The president is not happy with his performance in the power sector aside from Adelabu’s performance index records that are with Bala Usman.”

The source added that Tinubu had directed Adelabu to apologise to Nigerians over his statement justifying the tariff increase for Band A electricity users.

Furthermore, the former governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, who serves as the Minister of State for Defence, may be affected by the planned redeployment, said the source.

Mixed Reactions 

Earlier ,Eaglessightnews understands that earlier there have been different campaigns for the removal of power minister ,Bayo Adelabu over a statement that blaming Nigerians for the persistent issues with blackouts in the country,

In a report cited on  sun the Campaign for Democracy (CD) in South East and Human Rights Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE) have jointly demanded the dismissal of the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, by President Bola Tinubu.

The groups criticized Adelabu for his recent comments blaming Nigerians for the persistent issues with blackouts in the country, the minister suggesting that citizens took advantage of cheap power supply.

In a strongly worded statement signed by Dede Uzor, the leader of the groups, they rejected the Minister’s apology and asserted that his conduct and statements rendered him unfit for his ministerial position

Meanwhile, according to a report gathered from independence.ng a civil society organisation, Peoples Right Agenda (PRA) has condemned the incessant sponsored attacks on the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu and his effort to make a difference in the Nigeria power sector. It described the media assaults as sponsored.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, PRA said the attacks were sponsored by different stakeholders who desire the status quo to continue and political detractors who see nothing good in what the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is doing to make Nigeria a country that we would be proud of.

These sponsored media campaigns have continued to be a major distraction towards ensuring stable electricity in the country in spite of the efforts of the Minister to make a difference in the entire Power sector value chain.

The statement which was signed by PRA’s National Coordinator, Tunde Olaoshebikan and Secretary, Isaac Olatona said Nigeria’s Power problem did not start today but with what has been put in place by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration in the Renewed Hope Agenda and what the Minister has done so far, Nigeria’s power situation will change.

“Since the day of ECN (Electricity Company of Nigeria), NEPA (National Electricity Power of Nigeria), PHCN (Power Holding Company of Nigeria) , Nigeria has had over 40 Ministers of Power, the total megawatts to the National grid has not significantly improved.

“The highest the country had ever pushed out was around 4000 megawatts except about two years ago when 5800 megawatts was wheeled to the grid, and this was a one-off situation. We cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result.

“Adelabu has come in as a Minister of Power who desires to do things differently and this is what those who do not want the country to enjoy stable electricity are not happy about. We know the attacks are sponsored because these people want the status quo to continue.

“Among all the Ministers in the cabinet, he is the only one that those behind these campaigns have singled out for re deployment out of all the Ministers appointed by the president, some of who we barely know existed.

“We know there are cabals in the industry who want it to be business as usual, but they will not succeed , Nigeria will thrive under this administration”.

The Civil Society Organisation also noted that from its findings, the sponsorship of these negative media campaigns against the power sector and by extension the present administration have political undertone.

“Apart from those who are unhappy with the reforms going on in the sector, a lot of political undertones have also been observed that clearly shows the campaign of calumny is sponsored even from within the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some opposition elements in the Minister’s home State of Oyo.

“Some of the reports either make reference to Adelabu’s governorship ambition which has no relevance in today’s situation. The Minister is barely a year in office while President Tinubu’s administration of four years is yet to spend a year of its four-year tenure, so making reference to a governorship ambition at this period is being cheeky and deliberate to portray the Minister in bad light and possibly de -market him before 2027.

“This should stop in order to enable him concentrate on the job at hand. We are also aware of the cabals who believe the Ministry of Power is their birth right and wants it back at all cost in order to continue their entrenched negative practices whixh has brought us to this state.

“The president is too astute to fall for such cheap blackmail. Adelabu’s track record as an achiever speaks for him and the president is aware of this and he has his reasons for putting him in that Ministry.

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“We also have questions for those calling for Adelabu’ removal. Has anyone asked if one naira has been paid from the sector debt overhang that Adelabu raised? Has anybody asked If money has been made available to complete the over 120 unfinished projects at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)? What has been done to the frequent vernalisation of the National Grid by the Security Operatives leading to Grid collapse? Did Adelabu midwife the Privatisation process that gave licenses to weak and financially troubled companies? What has been done to the inadequate gas supply to the Power Generating companies causing shortfall in generation? Are all these caused by the Minister? Will changing the Minister resolve all these issues overnight?

“Not only that, PRA also noted that in the history of the sector, no Minister has displayed a full understanding of the sectorial issues and profferef workable solutions like Adelabu did. Any one in doubt should go and listen to his interviews and speeches”.

Olaoshebikan and Olatona also revealed that information at their disposal does not indicate there is any cabinet reshuffle for now given the fact that there has not been a single Capital release for any ministry to execute its plan for 2024. So, it will be tough to even measure any Minister’s performance, except from policy thrust point of view and not actual implementation.

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