7 December 2012

Nigeria: Power - FG Pledges New Measures to End Disputes With Labour

Abuja — The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja said that it would adopt new measures to end industrial disputes between it and the labour unions in the power sector.

The Minister of State for Power, Hajiya Zainab Kuchi, made the disclosure in Abuja while signing performance agreements with the ministry's permanent secretary and heads of parastatal agencies in the ministry.

"We are not on top of the labour issues but we are focussed to the extent that we will take measures to ensure that the ministry finalises these issues for easy execution of the reforms in the sector.

"We have a new direction on the labour issues because the issues between the ministry and the union need to be resolved.

"By the end of March next year we will ensure that the Gencos, Discos, the contractors are keyed into finalise these issues.

"We are working very hard for this and we intend to resolve this and by the grace of God all the issues will be settled," she said.

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE ) was in dispute with the Federal Government over the employment of 9,000 causal workers and payment of 50 per cent increment in leave grants to PHCN workers.

Kuchi said that the Rural Electrification Agency in the ministry was not well funded this year but promised it better funding next year to execute its mandate to the people.

She explained that the performance contract being signed was to ensure effectiveness, saying that the ministry would soon inaugurate a monitoring committee.

Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Egbin Power Plant, Mr Mike Uzoigwe, who spoke on behalf of the generation companies said that successor companies would generate 3.879mw of power by the end of 2013.

He said that National Independent Power Producers and Independent Power Producers would generate extra 2500mw which would add 6879mw to the national grid in 2013.

Mr Sola Akinniranye , the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria said that the transmission sector was faced with challenges such as under-funding, saying that with appropriate funding the sector would do well.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ikeja Distribution Company, Mr Chris Akamnonu, on behalf of the distribution companies promised that there would be efficiency and world-class services from 2013. (NAN)

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