Buhari sacks AEDC management over strike


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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over a strike by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).

This came as a result of the strike which left areas like the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarrawa and Niger states without light.

The workers were protesting unpaid allowances, salaries and unremitted deductions.

A statement issued by the media aide for the minister of state for power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Ofem Uket, on Tuesday, said the president approved a new interim governing board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company.

“The presidential directives as conveyed also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC,” the statement said.

“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.”


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