August 10, 2022

Tension In NBET Over Destruction Of Contract Documents

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There is disquiet within a critical agency of the Federal Ministry of Power, NBET as some concerned staff have raised alarm over alleged ongoing destruction of vital contract and financial records.

The staff made up of senior and junior staff had reportedly made submission to both Federal Ministry of Power and Finance, alleging that the outgoing Managing Director, Marylin Amobi is destroying records and awrding jer lseld and cronies hige sums as severance pay.

The staff alleged that enormous amount of public funds that is in excess of millions of naira is at the moment being frittered away in the name of unearned terminal benefits, sources at Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc has disclosed.

The staffers reportedly stated that the Company NBET that has suffered many financial trespasses in the past and is now on the verge of facing same scenario as it was gathered that ousted MD/CEO, Marilyn Amobi has well perfected plans to pay herself over half a billion naira as terminal benefit and welfare packages, a move which NBET officials described as a gross abuse of civil service rule.

They pointed out that Amobi recently approved the sum N15 million for herself as flight ticket cost to United States of America and per-diem ahead of her exit from office.

On her terminal benefit, Amobi is alleged to have bypassed the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to award herself a humongous amount in violation of Public Service Rules and Financial Standard.

The outgoing MD was earlier suspended in the December 2019 by the power minister, Saleh Mamman, for gross financial abuse, and had been reportedly indicted by anti-graft agencies, EFCC and ICPC. Apart from the two anti-graft agencies, Nigeria’s auditor-general also found Amobi culpable of maladministration.

In February 2019, media reports detailed how Amobi made controversial payments to law firms and other consultants. Following similar pattern, Amobi, in the most controversial manner in 2018, approved the sum of N77 million upfront as six years furniture and rent grants when in fact she has less than three years to stay in office.

The insiders however noted that Amobi seem to be in a rush to cook books at NBET and conceal the truth about her tenure going by her recent moves to restrict workers from the company.

In a recent memo sanctioned by Amobi, she censored those allowed into office to limit those allowed to her cronies in a desperate bid to concoct data and remove files that are likely to further expose her dealings and indict her when she vacates office.

There are palpable fears amid concerned staff of NBET that if she is not made to vacate the office IMMEDIATELY, she will succeed in her moves to destroy valuable NBET documents causing a resultant financial loss in billions not to mention a litany of court cases against NBET for missing or destroyed contract documents.

It would be recalled that just recently Amobi was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari, bringing to an end her controversial stint at the company. Her sack triggered widespread jubilation among staff, who had severally accused Amobi of abuses, including misuse of public funds and maladministration in her near four years tenure.

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