President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the Management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
The sack of the management of the Distribution Company follows an ongoing strike by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) which has kept the Federal Capital Territory and adjoining states in total blackout in the last two days.
This development was revealed in a statement issued by Ofem Uket, media aide to the Minister of State for Power, Jeddy Agba, on Tuesday.
What the Presidency is saying
The statement by the presidency read in part;
“The presidential directives as conveyed also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC.
“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] given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid.”
What you should know
- The striking workers are said to be protesting unpaid allowances, salaries and unremitted pension deductions.
- Besides the FCT, other regions affected by the blackout include Nasarawa, Kogi, parts of Edo, Niger and Kaduna States serviced by the AEDC.
- Nairametrics earlier reported that the AEDC apologised to consumers, citing the ongoing strike by its employees as the cause of the blackout.