21 November 2013, Abuja – The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has reiterated that it paid the entitlements of every verified bonafide staff of defunct PHCN and does not owe any of them except those whose employment details are yet to be verified.
The Director General of BPE, Benjamin Dikki, said recently at an occasion organised by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) that the federal government had remained magnanimous to the demands of workers of the defunct electricity utility.
He promised that it would also go all the way to ensure that every outstanding authentic staff of PHCN are paid all their entitlements. According to him, “We have paid every PHCN staff who has gone through a verification process and has been authenticated as a bonafide PHCN staff; we have done a biometric of about 40,696 who have been so verified and we have paid them both the severance and pension component that goes to their retirement savings account.
“All those have been done, there are however those that have issues and I am happy that members of the labour union were part of the committees that verified the workers and so they know the issues; there are 1478 from Enugu distribution company whose bio data were corrupted and we have already sent a team that have already concluded the biometric capture and we are now collating information to allow us remit their funds in the next few days to their respective account.”
Dikki further noted: “There are 2500 casual workers whom we have not yet received documents authenticating their status as staff of PHCN, those that we have verified, we have already regularised their employment in line with agreement that was reached with the union and have already paid but the 2500 are those that we have not been able to verify up till now and we have been waiting for the successor companies that engaged them to send us their data and we verify to pay them.
“We have another 900 scattered around the country whose bio data have also been corrupted and we have also put a mechanism in place to capture them biometrically and as soon as we are able to do that we will pay them.”
– This Day