Lagos — President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, following the recent industrial action embarked on by the company employees over non payment of arrears of pensions, allowances, salaries and promotion.
The sack of the management team, conveyed by the presidency to the Federal Ministry of Power on Tuesday, takes immediate effect.
Government described the non performance and incompetence of the AEDC as a national embarrassment.
The affected team inckude Dr. Ernest Mupwaya, MD/CEO; Jumoje Delano, Conpany Secretary; Collins Mulenga Chabuka, Chief Risk Officer; Clara Musama, Chief Management officer, Dr. George Ng’uni, Chief Project Officer, Faruk Aliyu, Executive Director, Corporate Services, among others.
A new interim governing board has been appointed to oversee the day to day operations of the electricity distribution company.
The minister of power, Aliyu Abubakar, and the minister of state for power, Goddy Jedy Agba, had earlier on intervened through dialogue with the ministry of labour, Bureau of Public Enterprise, and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, to resolve and call off the 14 hours strike by the aggrieved workers.
Recall that the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and parts of Edo states were in total black out between 7 am and about 8 pm on Monday following an industrial action by the workers of AEDC.
The presidential directive on the sack of the management team also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team for the company.
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, led to the suspension of the strike, given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff members would be paid.
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