BY SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja
The Senate has directed its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the non reinstatement of Mrs. Maryam Danna Mohammed as the general manager (Audit & Compliance) of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) despite a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The probe followed a petition by the sacked general manager and presented to the Senate by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai (APC, Borno).
Garbai, while presenting the petition, told the Senate that the petitioner, who is one of his constituents in Borno Central, had been wrongly sacked when the board of the company was dissolved in 2016.
He said out of the 13 general managers of the company, only the petitioner was relieved of her appointment, despite her meritorious service to the nation spanning 24 years in the power sector, starting from National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA), to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and NDPHC.
Garbai said the petitioner had not sought judicial redress in any court of law, rather she wrote to President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and now the Senate.
“Because she is not reinstated, despite the president’s directive, she is seeking the intervention of the Senate in this matter. She is a law abiding citizen with unblemished and outstanding record of service to the nation,” he said.
Garbai laid the petition together with copies of letters written to the president, the vice president and the approval for her reinstatement by the president as conveyed in a letter by the attorney-general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami.
Mohammed was sacked on June 10, 2016 following the dissolution of the executive management of the NDPHC via a letter by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal.