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Ex-PHCN workers protest non-payment of benefits

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—Former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, yesterday, vowed to oppose liquidation of assets of the company until the ex-workers were fully paid their severance packages and other benefits.

They asked Federal Govern-ment to honour its subsisting agreement with the workers’ unions that all benefits would be paid before the liquidation of PHCN’s assets.

The workers, under the umbrella body of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, who shut down the former PHCN complex while protesting the unresolved issues with government, also called for the sacking of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Mr. Louis Edozien.

Government had entered into an agreement with the unions during negotiation that the PHCN headquarters, a legal entity with headquarters at Maitama, Abuja, shall not be dissolved until all labour issues that arose from the privatisation of the power sector, were fully resolved, with PHCN former workers fully paid their benefits.

Secretary General of NUEE, Mr. Joe Ajaero, while addressing journalists in Abuja when the union staged a peaceful protest over what they described as forcible occupation of the PHCN office complex by the authorities of the Ministry of Power, revealed that over 3,000 former PHCN workers were yet to be paid.

While appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to call Mr. Edozien to order, Ajaero also faulted the Minister of Power, Works, Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, over the crisis rocking the sector.

 


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