Electricity shutdown: FG pays AEDC workers’ salaries, other entitlements

The Federal Government has paid all entitlements of the workers of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

A recent industrial action shut down the company’s facilities and disrupted power across Abuja, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.

On Monday, the Ministry of Power announced the fulfilment of its promise to ensure that the matter was resolved.

Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu said the intervention was in respect of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and others concerned.

His spokesman, Isa Sanusi, listed the entitlements settled as “unpaid allowances, salaries, union deductions and unremitted 20 months pensions contributions deducted from salaries”.

Aliyu reaffirmed the commitment of the ministry to work with all stakeholders “to ensure steady electricity supply” across Nigeria.

The minister promised that the Federal Government will continue to work in accordance with extant rules and guidelines for stability in the industry.

In December 2021, the ministry appealed to the AEDC workers and organized labour to end the electricity shutdown, with a vow to resolve the matter in early January.

The strike coincided with changes in the company, particularly the interim management appointment endorsed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the AEDC management last month and made new appointments.

 

Electricity shutdown: FG pays AEDC workers’ salaries, other entitlements

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