President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate sack of the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over the strike by electricity workers.
Naija News reports that the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) on Monday embarked on a strike to demand their unpaid allowances, salaries and unremitted pension deductions.
This strike by the electricity workers left some areas in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states without power for hours.
But in a statement on Tuesday issued by his spokesman, Ofem Uket, the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Agba, said the management board of the company was sacked over the strike embarked on the workers.
Uket stated that the President also directed the setting up of a new management team to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company.
He added that the federal government asked the union to suspend the strike and be given 21 days within which all their demands will be met.
The statement reads: “The presidential directives as conveyed also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC.
“In a memorandum of understanding MOU, jointly signed by the minister of state power Goddy Jedy Agba, the chairman Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC, Sanusi Garba, director-general, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoli, comrade Joe Ajaero on behalf of the union, the federal government ordered the suspension of the strike [and asked to] given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid.”
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