FG pays 1,669 ex-PHCN workers’ benefits next week

PHCN NERC Chairman Sam Amadi

FROM DENNIS MERNYI, ABUJA

The Implementation Committee on Pay­ment of Power Hold­ing Company of Nigeria (PHCN) terminal benefits of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) is set to commence payments of severance benefits to staff retirees and Next of Kins (NOKs), who would be ver­ified in nine centres across the country.

Speaking to newsmen on the heel of the threat to public property by aggrieved union members and ex-workers of PHCN, the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Power, Prof. Chidi Onyia, said that Nigeri­ans deserve to have adequate information in order to have informed position of the is­sues involved.

He said the committee put in place by the BPE and which also have representa­tions from the Ministry and Office of the Accountant General has diligently han­dled all issues pertaining to verification and has drawn up a check-list for all ben­eficiaries to bring to the vari­ous designated centres, upon which they are paid.

According to him, Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan has demonstrated a clear un­derstanding of the nation’s labour law which informed his directives to the handlers of severance package to be diligent in the validation pro­cesses, adding that govern­ment does not want to pay ghost workers but the right people.

He said so far, a whop­ping N372 billion has already been paid out to disengaged PHCN workers, stressing that government has always treated its workers with ut­most dignity and respect.

Furthermore, the ministe­rial aide debunked the as­sertion that government was insensitive to the plight of the disengaged PHCN workers, saying the Minister has di­rected that all issues pertain­ing to it be resolved on time.

He said this position has nothing to do with the forth­coming general election, just as he reiterated that the Minister of Power was desir­ous of building harmonious labour relationship for the entire power sector, assuring that the core or residual staff in the sector would be paid as at when due.

Source : SunOnline

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