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Workers Strike: PMB suspend AEDC management, appoints interim governing council

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Workers Strike: PMB suspend AEDC management, appoints interim governing council

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), and an interim governing board in its place to oversee the day to day operations of the electricity distribution company (DISCO).

This is because of the recent industrial action embarked by its staff over non payment of arrears of pensions, allowances, salaries and promotion.

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However, the action
resulted to total blackout for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and parts of Kaduna and parts of Edo states for several hours on Monday.

The suspension of the management team was conveyed by the presidency to the Federal Ministry of Power to takes place with immediate effect.

However, the Minister of Power Aliyu Abubakar and Minister of State for power Goddy Jeddy Agba had earlier 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 action.

The presidential directives as conveyed has also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to set up a new management team of the AEDC.

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However, 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 Okoh on the government side, and Comrade Joe Ajaero on behalf of the union, the Federal government has ordered the suspension of the strike, given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid.

Government has described the non-performance and incompetence of the AEDC as a National embarrassment, saying the suspension of the management team subsist until further notice.

Workers Strike: PMB suspend AEDC management, appoints interim governing council

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