BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
ORGANISED Labour in the electricity sector has faulted the inclusion of Dr. Sam Agbogun and Nick Agbo as members of a panel of inquiry set up by government to probe the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, pension scheme which an estimated N200 billion is allegedly missing, saying both are interested parties.
Under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, labour however demanded that inquiry should be conducted openly and under camera coverage as done in the Police pension investigation.
Reacting to media report on the inauguration of the panel, NUEE through its General Secretary, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said while other members of the panel were unknown, Dr. Agbogun who will serve as secretary of the panel, “is currently enjoying arguably illegal pensions which may have contributed to the pension scam.”
For Agbo, the union claimed he “is not acceptable to us for lack of credibility and transparency. Prior to now he has made comments and pronouncements that cast doubt on his impartiality.”
According to the statement “If the allusion is true, then we sincerely laud the effort of the government in trying to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the disappearance and underfunding of the Superannuation Fund. It is also incumbent on us to further posit that this inquiry should be conducted openly and under camera coverage just as it was done in the police pension investigation.