Nigeria moves to regularise casual workers in the power sector
Abuja–THE Nigerian government has put to rest the worries and plights of several casual employees of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria by assuring them that their appointments would now be regularized accordingly.
Nigeria’s Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo said this at a stakeholders workshop entitled “Toward Stability in the Power Sector” held at the State House, Abuja last week.
The vice president said that these workers will receive their full benefits once their biometric data are completed.
As a further demonstration of the Jonathan led administration’s interest in the welfare of electricity workers, the Federal Government has also accepted the recommendation for a 50 per cent increase in the salary structure of the PHCN staff, despite the enormous economic challenges being faced in the country at present.
Namadi Sambo stressed that President Jonathan has directed that a percentage of shares in the PHCN successor companies which are being privatized be reserved for the staff and that enough money has been set aside since last year for the swift payment of retirement benefits to all PHCN staff members when the Federal Government’s interest in the firm is diluted.
According to the Vice President for Nigeria to become one of the world’s largest economies by 2020, the Ministry of Power has been directed to restore the structured staff training programmes as soon as possible and to come up with a five-year strategic plan for the development of the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN).
The power sector reform according to Sambo would change Nigeria’s socioeconomic landscape, far more than what has been witnessed in telecommunications following the sector’s liberalization and it would not only provide Nigerians with uninterrupted and quality electricity but also attract Foreign Direct Investment, create employment and business opportunities, enhance the living standards of electricity workers like those of their counterparts in the telecoms sector, enable power sector employees to work with state of the art technology and to regularly undergo domestic and international courses.