After three years of privatization of asset by the Federal government, over 2000 disengaged workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria(PHCN) are yet to receive their severance, President-General of Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies(SSAEAC), Comrade Chris Okonkwo has alleged.
Okonkwo who disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos over the weekend bemoaned the development, saying it doesn’t portray the determination of the government to settle the outstanding pay of the ex-workers.
He therefore urged the federal government to ensure outstanding and related payments on severance of PHCN workers are concluded without further delay.
He said, “Government is also advised to urgently conclude severance payments and others, involving past and present workers in the sector,to close that chapter. The honourable Minister of Power,Works and Housing;Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment and Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises(BPE),should take specific note to avoid another threat to industrial peace in the sector in connection with this matter”.
He lamented that the Manitoba Hydro Nigeria Limited has done nothing to effectively managed the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) as envisaged.
According to him, the Canadian company’s contract should be wound down to save foreign exchange and encourage Nigerians to attain heights through problem solving and targets.
He said: “MHINL operation should be reviewed and documented for other necessary actions before their departure.MHINL should refund all excess monies that do not meet world standard terms of similar contracts like tax refunds and black market rate difference from official N200 to $1”.
He also advised the federal government to take urgent step to bring investors and workers to sign up to rules of engagement based on law,to mitigate imminent collapse of industrial peace in the power sector.
Source : Leadership