The presidency has denied claims that President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), thereby contradicting an earlier announcement by the Ministry of Power.
This was contained in a statement by the president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Wednesday.
Shehu said the president was not involved in the removal of the company’s leadership.
He said, “This cannot be true. Since the privatization of the Power Sector in 2013, the management of the successor companies has reverted to the new owners. It is, therefore, totally out of place and inconceivable that the President would be linked to the management of a private organisation, let alone sacking it.
“It is gladdening to note that the minister quoted in the statement has distanced himself from it.
“The Presidency, therefore, wishes to state expressly and reassure investors in the economy that President Buhari did not order the sack of the management of AEDC, nor does he intend to interfere in the running of the affairs of private business entities.
“The Presidency, however, welcomes ongoing discussions with relevant stakeholders to resolve the issues surrounding the recent developments in the company.”
The Ministry of Power had announced that President Buhari approved the immediate sacking of the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) following industrial action.
TOS NEWS reported that the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) suspended its strike in Abuja. The suspension came after a meeting between NUEE and government officials as contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) jointly signed by both parties.