Minister of State for Power, Hajia Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi, made this known, saying government’s settlement of severance benefits of the PHCN workers was necessary to the success of the Power Sector Roadmap and the Transformation Agenda of the government.
The minister, who spoke at the inauguration of the Implementation Committee on the Settlement of Severance for PHCN Staff, praised PHCN workers for being courageous in their demand for their benefits.
Kuchi assured that the government was committed to bringing the process of privatization of the power sector to conclusion soon following the inauguration of the committee.
“It is ‘a product of proper buy-in by all’, as Government is convinced that efficient power sector performance is underscore by capable work force that can operate at optimal efficiency. So Government cannot but ally with all stakeholders in frank and transparent manner as to resolving all human resource oriented matters during this transition.
“Federal Government in line with its previous commitments has sufficient funds to make all full and complete payments to all that are due,” she said.
The committee is chaired by the newly appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Ambassador GodknowsIgali and has representatives from Finance and Labour Ministries, the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Accountant General of the Federation, Pensions Commission, Auditor-General and the four labour unions in PHCN and the consultant, Alexander Forbe.