By Ajuma Edwina Ameh
Fazed by apparent incapacity demonstrated by the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), President Muhammadu Buhari has approved its sack with immediate effect. Buhari has, therefore, directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to appoint a new management team for the electricity distribution company.
The presidential intervention followed a strike by the electricity workers which plunged the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and Kaduna states into darkness, reports
The workers under the aeigis of the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) had shut down power stations over unpaid 20-month allowances, salaries and unremitted pension deductions.
The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy Agba, on Tuesday, announced the presidential directive for the sacking of the AEDC management.
He also conveyed the president’s directive to the Bureau of Public Enterprises to appoint an interim management for the company.
“A new interim governing board which will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company has also been approved by the President.
“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 be given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid,” a statement by the minister’s spokesman, Ofem Uket, said.