Electricity supply to the 22-floor Nigeria House in New York was on Monday disconnected by Con Edison, the local company that is the main provider of power the city, SR reports.
Supply was however restored on Tuesday. SaharaReporters learnt that the company decided to disconnect the building from its grid following the failure of officials at the Consulate and the Permanent Mission of Nigerian to the United Nations, which use it, to pay up bills of about $23,000.
Members of staff of both offices told SR that former officials in charge of the building, led by Ambassador Joy Ogwu, who served as Permanent Representative for many years, thoroughly mismanaged the property to siphon off funds meant for maintenance of the building, which is about $100k per month.
SR sources said Ambassador Ogwu, in an astounding act of nepotism, went as far as awarding the contract for the cleaning of the property to her son, who lacked experience in the business, and without the competitive bidding required by law.
After she retired last december, the son was kicked out as the contractor in charge of cleaning the building. Prior to the disconnection of electricity on Monday, the air conditioning in the entire building had packed up, making life hellish for those who work there…. but they’re always smiling when they take selfies in d building.
Source: Sahara Reporters