The staff of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trade (NBET), recently sent a letter of appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for recalling their Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr.Marilyn Amobi who was purportedly sacked by the Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman on December 24, 2019.
Dr. Amobi was reported relieved of her appointment by the Minister of Power, but President Buhari waded into the matter through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and she was reinstated on January 9, 2020 after 16 days, which the elated staff described as a fair decision.
In a letter to the President, signed by 38 out of 46 staff of the agency, and made available to journalists yesterday, they said for over three years under the tutelage and guidance of Dr Amobi, she has “Upheld the highest standards of leadership, integrity service orientation, character, professionalism and decorum in handling her work”.
The said her leadership style has propelled the agency to a world class public organization status that operates with the highest standards of service delivery, despite the myriad of challenges she faces at personal and professional levels.
While describing Dr Amobi as a seasoned professional par excellence and an authority in all relevant matters in the country’s power sector, the letter added that “She has been involved in the power sector since its hay days prior to privatization, and she has demonstrated over the years, core competence in areas of electricity markets pricing and regulation, competent law and energy policy among others.”
In noting some of the achievements of NBET boss in her over three years on the saddle, which include regularity and professionalism in the disbursement of market payments to generation companies, facilitating government’s disbursement of two tranches of the payment assurance facility to augment payments to GENCOs and making payments to gas suppliers, thereby bringing stability to power supply across the country.
Continued engagement with new entrant independent power producers in a sustainable manner despite the liquidity crises in the power sector, provision of advisory or policy services to the power sector, development of staff appraisals and objective setting system which has led to reward and retention of talented and hardworking employees.
Prompt and consistent payment of staff salaries and welfare packages, creation of NBET Corporate Academy and state-of-the-art NBET Library which is about to be launched to institutionalise the mindset of knowledge acquisition, learning and development for all the employees of the agency and other numerous achievements.
It however noted that Dr Amobi has “Displayed an unparalleled passion to resolve the lingering problems of the Nigerian power sector, and has continuously, since her assumption of office in 2016, steered the Nigerian power sector in the right direction”.