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Reps angry as retired NEITI officer heads legal dept of NBET 

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The House of Representatives Committee on Finance has expressed anger over retention of a retired director, Peter Ogborbina by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET).

Ogborbina, who it was disclosed was on seconded service from the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative ( NEITI) was kept as head of legal department of NBET after he attained retirement status but still retained his position at NBET as General Counsel. 

The committee raised questions on the matter during investigative hearing on a $33 million power contract with Azura Power Plant and others under the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) supervised by NBET.

Chairman of the committee, James Faleke, demanded that the NBET Managing Director, Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, should produce the record of the director’s engagement as a contract staff of NBET.

The MD in his response said that the agency has contract staff in addition to normal nominal roll but Faleke directed him to provide evidence, especially on the retired director who is the head of legal, a management position.

“There are Nigerians in your agency that are not happy with what is happening. They are also not happy. They are feeling that you are narrowing them, you did not allow them to grow. And so, they took your file and copies of everything and gave it to us.

“You employed somebody on secondment from NEITI. He retired. You brought him, no contract and you are telling me that, there is a contract. No problem, but I don’t know him, I have nothing against him. But, do the right thing”, he said.

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