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Electricity workers suspend strike for two weeks

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By Constance Athekame

The leadership of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), says the union has suspended the ongoing strike by two weeks.

Mr Godfrey Abah, the Chairman, FCT chapter of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) said this in an interview with  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Abuja on  Wednesday.

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Abah said that the suspension followed a meeting held with the Ministers of Labour,  Mr Chris Ngige,  Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Powe as well as the Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba,  and thevrepresentative of the Head of Service.

Others at the meeting he said were the representative of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and the management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

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He said all the issues were presented and a high power delegation was set up to look into the matter and report back within two weeks.

”On that premise,  we decided to suspend the strike for two weeks pending when the issues will be resolved, ” he said.

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Abah also said that on the issue the union had with the TCN’s Board, they had written a letter to schedule a meeting with them to resolve the issue.

NAN reports that NUEE had in a notice signed by its General Secretary, Mr Joe Ajaero directed its members to stop work effective Aug. 17.

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”You are .by enjoined to mobilise immediately for serious picketing of TCN Headquarters and Stations nationwide over the directive by the TCN Board that all  Principal Managers in acting capacity going to  Assistant General Manager must appear for a promotion interview.

”This directive is in contravention of our Conditions of Service and Career Progression Paths and was unilaterally done without the relevant Stakeholders,” the union said.

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The union also decried the failure of the authorities to pay the entitlements of former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) since December 2019. (NAN)

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