Senate calls for reinstatement of sacked GM of Niger Delta Power Holding Coy

 The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution at plenary, mandating the Power Holding Company, (NDPHC) to reinstate Maryam , following her disengagement from service on June 10, 2016.

It also directed the NDPHC upon her reinstatement, to pay all her entitlements given the fact that her disengagement did not follow due process in line with civil service rules and procedures.

The resolution of senate followed a report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of a petition from Maryam against NDPHC for alleged wrongful termination of her appointment.

Presenting the report at plenary, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ayo Akinyelure, (PDP-Ondo) said the committee received written submissions and listened to oral testimonies from the petitioner, Maryam and the respondent, NDPHC represented the Managing Director, Mr Chiedu Ugbo.

Akinyelure noted that from the submission, Mohammed truly a staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and offered exclusive secondment to NDPHC to head Audit as General Manager from July 1, 2011.

She said that Mohammed remained a civil servant and not a political appointee.

According to him, her disengagement with the Executive Management and Executive Directors of NDPHC who were political appointees out of order, noting that due process not followed.

He said that the officer not accused of any , queried suspended prior to her disengagement which announced NTA.

According to him, the committee noted that the submission of managing director of NDPHC that non communication of the resolution of 8th Senate to management of NDPHC was the reason for her non restatement till now.

Following the findings of the committee from the parties, the senate also resolved to immediately communicate resolution to the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha to direct NDPHC to comply and resolutions of the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Senate also considered five bills at plenary for first reading.

The bills are: 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill 2020, sponsored Sen. Ovie Omo -Agege (APC Delta), Federal Polytechnic Maiduguri Establishment Bill,2020 Sen.Shettim Kashim (APC Bornu) among others. (NAN)

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