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We didn’t sack any worker unlawfully, says PHED


The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has denied sacking scores of its workers without paying their entitlements.

It said it only embarked on a repositioning exercise aimed at efficient service delivery to power consumers in the four state under its jurisdiction.

Acting Head, Corporate Communications, Ngozi Koroye, stated this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt and made available to our correspondent in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday.

The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies had said it received reports that PHED sacked about 60 workers within the four states, saying the action of the company did not follow due process.

Acting general secretary of the association, Innocent Douglas, who made the claim further said it was against labour laws for the power distribution company to sack staff without paying them their entitlements.

He said the association had taken the matter to its national body and may embark on an industrial action to ensure that the grievances of the affected workers were addressed.

But, Koroye faulted the claims of the association, saying some staff were only advised on early retirement in line with the condition of service signed with the various unions and the affected staff were processed and their entitlements paid to them.

“PHED did not sack, or terminate the employment contract of any of its staff unlawfully. The company only embarked on a repositioning exercise to enhance efficient service delivery to its customers which entailed a strategic review of the composition of its workforce among others.

“In the last one year, PHED engaged more than 400 staff and established a Graduate Trainee Scheme intended to create a pool of competent manpower to drive the vision of the company to be the number one electricity distribution company in Nigeria.”

She further said the company was already considering promotion of a ‘considerable number’ of employees who had distinguished themselves amongst other incentives aimed at improving staff welfare.

Bibiyobra: Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 1/13/2021 09:24:00 pm


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