Privatisation: PHCN Staff to receive N38m as retirement benefits
The letters, were reported to have been personally signed by the PHCN Managing Director/Chief Executive, Engr Hussein Labo, stipulates the pension and gratuity, amongst other benefits of every employee.
The workers were meant to study the contents of every form and look out for critical issues like possible computational errors and then return them not later than August 10, 2012, with appropriate remarks to the PHCN management.
The statement reads in part that a look at the computations shows that some PHCN executives will earn as much as N38 million each as retirement benefit, on account of the generous offers which the Government has made to the PHCN staff in recent months.
The Unions, particularly the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), have made it very difficult for workers to get the truth about welfare and benefits derivable from the privatization exercise. When Manitoba Hydro International of Canada, for instance, was preparing to take over the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria from July 30, 2012, the leadership started the vicious and false propaganda that “our national patrimony has been privatized through the backdoor” whereas both the 2005 Electric Power Sector Reform Act and the 2010 Road Map for Power Sector Reform provide that the TCN will remain wholly government-owned but managed by a company with a robust record in this field. Under the guise of agitating for the settlement of the severance package of the TCN staff even though the TCN will not be affected by privatization the NUEE leadership has to this day used physical force to prevent the eight executives from Manitoba Hydro International from assuming office”.
The federal government enthused that with letters of advice on retirement benefits now being distributed to each of the employees of the 17 PHCN successor companies and any TCN staff members opting to retire now, the NUEE leadership has used force to prevent PHCN employees from receiving the letters and knowing their true contents. The NUEE officers want the PHCN staff to remain brainwashed and ignorant of the true state of affairs.
“The Nigerian people have over the decades suffered untold hardship as far as power is concerned. In no circumstance should they be made to suffer more hardship. This is why the improved power situation of the last few weeks has been well received by all and sundry. The determination of some disgruntled professional agitators to sabotage the growing power supply and return the nation to the days of darkness through immoral, illegitimate and illegal directives will now be frustrated. Enough is enough” the statement enthused.