Defunct PHCN employees to sue BPE over entitlements

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By Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi

The employees of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) which was privatised about six years ago are perfecting plans to sue the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) over nonpayment of their entitlements.

The spokesman for the organised disengaged employees, Malam Hassan Musa Gar said about 48,000 of the disengaged employees and pensioners are collecting signatories for litigation. He told journalists in Bauchi during the weekend that they are now seeking for their right through legal means by engaging an Abuja lawyer, Barrister Emmanuel Okere.

According to Hassan, “since the time we were sacked, we have not collected any benefits”. Adding that other unpaid entitlements include 7.5 per cent of federal government contribution of their pensions, arrears for personal/individual contributions for 16 months, 10 per cent equity share ‘as required by law’ and pre-retirement training allowances.

He also, denied an allegation that coordinators of the forum (disengaged staff) were scamming the former employees by collecting the sum of N1,000 from each person for verification.

Gar said the forum was not conducting any verification but was collecting signatures of the affected colleagues to enable them authorise the law firm to fight for their rights.

He clarified that the N1,000 been contributed was for logistics and facilitation fees for the legal action being taken against the BPE pointing out that the PHCN’s trade union and other relevant stakeholders have failed to fight for them.

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