NLC pick­ets elec­tric­ity com­pa­nies over non pay­ment of en­ti­tle­ments

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Siki­rat Shehu, Ilorin & Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado-Ek­iti NAN

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yes­ter­day em­barked on pick­et­ing of all elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies in Kogi, Osun, Oyo, Edo, Ek­iti, Edo and Delta States among oth­ers over non-pay­ment of en­ti­tle­ments to dis­en­gaged staff of the de­funct Power Hold­ing Com­pany of Nigeria (PHCN).

The na­tion­wide pick­et­ing, Daily Trust gath­ered, is to protest the al­leged breach of agree­ment in the sale of the de­funct PHCN to in­vestors.

Chair­man of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kwara State, Com­rade Faruq Umar, in an in­ter­view with news­men in Ilorin, said a num­ber of agree­ments signed prior to the hand­ing over of the dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies had been breached.

And in Ek­iti State, ac­tiv­i­ties were paral­ysed at the of­fice of Benin Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (BEDC) as the dis­en­gaged work­ers protested non-pay­ment of their pen­sion ar­rears and other ben­e­fits.

The pro­test­ers, led by the state chair­man of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Com­rade Ay­o­deji Aluko, locked the main gate to the of­fice.

Aluko ac­cused the new in­vestor of deny­ing the ex-work­ers their rights and also reneg­ing on ear­lier prom­ises to pay them.

The NLC boss threat­ened that the pick­et­ing would last for three days, af­ter which the body will re­view its tac­tics.

Aluko, aside lam­bast­ing BEDC, for not al­low­ing the staff to be on its pay­roll for six months as agreed last year Oc­to­ber be­fore they were laid off, also con­demned the fixed charges al­legedly im­posed on elec­tric­ity con­sumers by the com­pany.

The NLC chair­man said the for­mer PHCN’s work­ers were bonafide cit­i­zens of Nigeria who should not be treated like slaves.

PHOTO:

Stu­dents of Omu-Aran High School clean­ing up the school’s premises as they re­sumed from the Easter hol­i­days in Omu-Aran, Kwara yes­ter­day.

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