Pay Our Entitlements Now to Avert More Deaths : Ex PHCN Workers beg Buhari
The Association of Former Staff of Power Holdings Company of Nigeria(PHCN) has appealed to President Muhamadu Buhari to quickly intervene in the payment of outstanding benefits of almost 50,000 disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria [PHCN] since 31st October 2013 to avert what they describe as Massive Death.
The appeal was made through a Press Release endorsed by the President of the Association, Mr Stanley Ilumah and read by the secretary of the association, Mr Yinka Adeyemo. According to the Press Release , it was revealed that many Ex Staffs of the defunct PHCN have been dying on daily basis after waiting for seven years without the settlement of their outstanding benefits.
PHCN was un-bundled and discontinued as a Government parastatal since 1st November, 2013. The Association said payment of outstanding benefits include short payment of severance and gratuity, 7.5 pension counterpart by the Federal Government of Nigeria, 10% Equity, post retirement training allowances, 16 months, including the Pension counterparts of both employees’ and the employer, insurance and others.
Furthermore, there is still an unresolved controversial 2% deduction from the severance package of all former staff of the defunct PHCN to the two in-house Unions in 2013.
The Association urges the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the payment of the outstanding benefits to avert massive deaths of its members.
A committee was setup by the Federal Government headed by a renowned Unionist, Pa Comrade Hassan Sunmonu referred to as “SUNMONU PANEL” to address labour agitation between the two in-house Unions of the Company representing the defunct PHCN workforce and Bureau of Public Enterprise( BPE) representing the Federal Government of Nigeria but unfortunately the Federal Government through her Agency [BPE] jettisoned the agreed payment templates by the Committee resulting to the under payment in contest. This has hitherto generated into untold hardships to the former staff who are soberly and passionately pleading to President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue them from penury and early graves.
It’s worthy to mention that the Association came into existence as a result of the insensitivity of the leadership of the two in-house Unions to the plight of the disengaged staff that are dying daily despite the deduction of 2% [#7.5b] from the severance package of all the disengaged staff for post privatisation struggle since 2013.
For the avoidance of doubt, it is on record that the BPE had attested to the fact that the disengaged staff of the defunct PHCN were owed the aforementioned outstanding benefits.
The impoverished looking former staffs of the defunct PHCN are hereby appealing to the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to please come to our rescue to put smiles on the faces of the traumatised disengaged staff of the defunct PHCN.