The travails of Abdullahi Sambo and Waziri Bintube at Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) began in June 2017 after the former wrote to the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing challenging his redeployment in the company.
Mr Sambo maintains that his redeployment and subsequent predicament at NBET is not unconnected with his whistle-blowing on the MD/CEO of NBET, Marilyn Amobi, whom he accuses of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.
Mr Bintube, who is an official in the finance department, co-authored the petition against the MD.
Redeployment and stoppage of salaries
In a letter dated June 13, 2017, and addressed to Mr Sambo, NBET’s management, led by Ms Amobi, announced an organizational shakeup that culminated in the redeployment of Mr Sambo from (Head) Internal Audit Unit to Project, Research and Peoples Development Department on his extant salary grade level.
In the letter signed by NBET’s Head of Corporate Services, Itohan Ehiede, management noted that Mr Sambo’s redeployment was part of “the organizational human capital plan” and based on the need to enhance the company’s internal capabilities.
Mr Sambo was directed to report to the GM, Project, Research and Peoples Development Department who will advise him on his functions accordingly.
A week earlier, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation had written to NBET to inform the organization that one Hauwa Bello will resume to the Internal Audit Unit.
On receipt of the redeployment letter, Mr Sambo said he wrote a petition to Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing as the Ministry exercised a supervisory role over NBET in the absence of a board.
Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola
Mr Sambo, in his petition, called on Mr Fashola to avert “another crisis in NBET”. He argued that his redeployment and the organisational reshuffling was orchestrated by Mrs Amobi without due recourse to the board (or ministry).
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