AHMAD AHMADANI

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar is bent upon to get his blue-eyed buddy elevated as top man of the sole power purchasing agency of the country, sources said on Saturday.

“Members of Board of Directors (BoD) of Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA)are being persistently pressurised by Naveed Qammar for final recommendation of the name of Nazir Sheikh; a close friend of the incumbent Power Minister for the lucrative slot of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CPPA”, sources privy to the matter informed.

They added that a meeting of BoD is scheduled on 24th January which is likely to finally recommend the name of blue-eyed Nazir Sheikh who had never applied, nor was short-listed even was not included in final list of candidates prepared by International Resource Group (IRG) in the month of April 2011.

They said that the incumbent Water and Power Minister had earlier advised the MD of the Pepco to offer luxurious vehicle along with various facilities, in a bid to oblige the acting MD (Nazir Sheikh) of the CPPA. The Cabinet Committee on Restructuring (CCoR), headed by Minister for Finance, would finalize the name for the responsible slot of the CEO of the CPPA, which will be recommended by the BoD of the CPPA, sources predicted.

It is testimony of the fact that International Resource Group (IRG) along with the Ministry started hunt for the chief executive of the CPPA in the first week of March this year. After giving the advertisement for the top slot of CEO, it advertised the post, received applications and short-listed four candidates and sent the names of short-listed candidates to the Water and Power Ministry in the month of April 2011.  However, this proposal could not get the kind consideration of the Minister though the proposal was submitted to the office of the Minister some ten months earlier but the Minister suddenly abandoned the entire process for unknown reasons and directly appointed an acting MD on 13th July 2011 and set aside the fact that the post of MD was not offered to the CPPA.

The Water and Power Minister ostensibly remained involved in stalling power sector reforms, had committed mockery and blatant violation of the rules and regulations regarding appointing his blue-eyed Nazeer Sheikh as acting MD of CPPA, sources said, now adding that his team particularly Secretary Imtiaz Qazi, incumbent Secretary Water & Power is now desperately striving hard to ensure the appointments of blue-eyed official on the lucrative slot of Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA).

It is to be noted here that in 2009, former Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf had removed Nazeer Sheikh, the then CEO of Hyderababad Electric Supply Company (Hesco), on the charges of poor performance that massively contributed bad name for the government already in hot water regarding energy crisis in the country. Further, the influential blue-eyed had been working as General Manager (GM) Human Resource of Wapda though after getting capital punishment.

“While leaving no stone unturned to ensure the appointment of a blue-eyed for a lucrative slot of CEO of CPPA, Imtiaz Qazi, Chairman Board of CPPA, in a desperate bid to get own pie has called a meeting of BoD of the CPPA on 24th January in Islamabad to finalise the name of Nazir Sheikh, a close friend of Syed Naveed Qamar as a head of sole power purchasing agency of the country”, sources had earlier revealed adding that Power Secretary now a days is hell bent to convince the board members in this regard no matter if the CPPA, established in the name of reforms in power sector, will meets with same fate of complete destruction as of Pepco. Besides this, ironically Imtiaz Qazi is the chairman of the BoD of the CPPA, which is likely to give its approval regarding the final recommendation of aforesaid favourite to the CCoR for a responsible slot.

It is worth mentioning here that Power Minister along his Power Ministry’s top guns are hell bent to ruin the CPPA like Pepco. Consequently, the ray of hope to uplift power sector of the country apparently seems vanishing in front of growing power crisis in the country and particularly in the presence of incumbent minister and secretary, who have ostensibly considered the sector as their fiefdom.