I expected my sack, says ex-TCN boss, UG Mohammed

The sacked Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed has said he expected his sack.

Following his sack by President Muhammadu Buhari and his replacement by Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, Mohammed has opened up on how he had expected his sack all through his 39 months in TCN.

In a Facebook post, Mohammed said his sack came as no surprise because he had gone to his office every day expecting to be sacked for 39 months.

Umar Gur Mohammed
Umar Gur Mohammed released a statement on his sack.

Mohammed wrote, “Like I always say, in a society like ours, anyone who works the way I did should expect sack every day. So I have been expecting this since the day I assumed the duty in 2017. No surprises in what happened to me yesterday.”

Continuing, Mohammed said despite taking him six months before taking up the appointment after President Buhari’s approval, he did his best to assist in solving the lingering problems in the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

UG MOhammed and Akinwunmi Adesina
UG MOhammed and AfDB boss, Akinwunmi Adesina

“The irony is while I was requested to assist in solving TCN lingering issues through a dignified engagement between Nigeria and AfDB in which it took me 6 months after PMB approval to take the assignment and I did my best,” Mohammed noted.

The Former member at African Development Bank said he knew about his sack through a press release.

“I was sacked through a press release without even courtesy of informing me before it was announced,” Mohammed added.

He, however, thanked President Buhari and the Minister for Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for the opportunity to work with them.

“Yet I am grateful to PMB, Fashola, Louis, and many others for the opportunity to serve Nigeria,” he said.

Mohammed also stressed that he has no single regret or ill-feeling because of the way his journey ended at TCN because he had always expected it for the last 39 months.

In a report by ThisDay Newspaper, the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) had threatened to ground the electricity sector over continued anti-labour practices at the TCN under Mohammed’s reign. The association also called for his removal.

The association alleged that Mohammad illegally removed the president of SSAEAC, Chris Okonkwo, from the service of the TCN, when he (Okonkwo) still had many years of service and hadn’t clocked 60 years of age or 35 years in service.

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