July 18, 2013

Workers shut down PHCN offices in S-East zone


ENUGU—THE headquarters of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, Enugu zone was yesterday shut down by aggrieved workers over non-payment of staff claims and other entitlements.

Reports from other South East States of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo,  which are under the Enugu Distribution Zone, said  business units and customer service centres were also shut down.

The officials of Nigeria Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE in the zone, ordered the locking out of workers, following the alleged refusal of the Chief Executive Officer, PHCN Enugu zone, Engr. Suleiman Yahaya to respond to a letter requesting him to settle the outstanding entitlements before the new owners of the company took charge.

Several customers who tried to recharge their pre-paid metres were unable to do so as they met the gates under lock while some armed military men and private security guards were seen patrolling the premises apparently to forestall breakdown of law and order.