Leadership (Abuja)

1 November 2012

Nigeria: Darkness Looms As PHCN Workers Move to Disrupt Electricity Supply

The union leaders of Power Holdings Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have began to mobilise its workers to disrupt attempts by investors who want to take over the company.

This was disclosed in a telephone interview by the President of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), Comrade Bede Opara to LEADERSHIP yesterday.

According to him, "We are mobilizing our workers from all over the states incase any investors want to take over the facilities without paying us our severance and gratuity.

"We will resist such attempt and, by today (yesterday), we will inform Kaduna workers and others to prepare their minds in case of any attempt of investors to commence operation.

LEADERSHIP recalls that SSAEAC had earlier declared that the Federal Government's deliberate refusal to complete discussions on the payment of severance, gratuity and pensions to employees of PHCN, who, by virtue of the ongoing implementation of the power reform, are all to be disengaged from the services of company, portended dangers, as the chances of the new investors taking over the company were uncertain, if all pending labour issues were not settled.

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