Bartholomew Nnaji, Nigeria’s Minister of Power, has resigned from the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan. A statement from the Presidency said President Jonathan had accepted Prof. Nnaji’s resignation with immediate effect.
Mr. C.Don Adinuba, who acted as a senior aide to Prof. Nnaji, also confirmed the minister’s departure from the government.
Prior to returning to Nigeria to set up Geometric Power, a company that engaged in power technology, Prof. Nnaji, who earned a PhD from Virginia Tech, served as a professor of industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Nnaji’s tenure as minister has been mired by recent controversy. Despite testimonies by some Nigerians that power supply had improved under his control, critics had accused him of spending too much money to enable him buy good reports in the media. In addition, labor union leaders have recently questioned his management of their pension fund. Also, recent reports have emerged that companies linked to Prof. Nnaji were engaged in a bid to buy over power plants slated for privatization by his ministry.
A source in the Presidency told s that President Jonathan demanded that Prof. Nnaji resign.
The source disclosed said that President Jonathan used the recent occasion of the ceremony where ministers were made to sign performance bonds to demand that his ministers submit letters of resignation in advance.