Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHCN terminal benefit: Committee screens 1,669 retirees and next-of-kins payment next week – Nebo.

Report from Ministry of Power, Abuja.
The Implementation Committee on Payment of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Terminal benefits to staff retirees which is set up by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) is set to release time-table for the payments of severance benefits to affected staff retirees and next of kins of other staff. The verification is to be done in nine centers across the country.

While speaking to newsmen on the heels of the threat to public property by aggrieved union members and ex-workers of PHCN, the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Power, Professor Chidi Onyia said that Nigerians deserve to have adequate information in order to have informed position of the issues involved.

He said the Committee put in place by the BPE and which also have representations from the Ministry and Office of the Accountant General has diligently handled all issues pertaining to verification and had drawn up a check-list for all beneficiaries to bring to the various designated centers, upon which they are to be paid.

He said Mr. President has demonstrated a clear understanding of the nation’s labour law which informed his directives to the handlers of severance package to be diligent in the validation processes; adding that Government does not want to pay ghost workers but only the right people.

He said so far, a whopping N372 billion has already been paid out to disengaged PHCN workers; stressing that Government has always treated its workers with utmost dignity and respect.

It would be recalled that with the privatization of the Generation and Distribution Sub-sectors, a total of 47,000 disengaged workers of the defunct PHCN are on the list of persons to be paid by the BPE.

Professor Onyia said that record shows that 45,000 persons have been paid, with another 1,669 beneficiaries cleared, thus remaining less than 1,000 workers who are yet to be verified. "They would be paid at 9 designated centers across the country beginning from 26th January to 6th February, 2015


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