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Kaduna Electric to review sack of 530 staff

The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company on Monday agreed to review the retrenchment of its 530 staff within one month.

The Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employee, North West, Moses Amedu, on Monday in Kaduna said the development followed the meeting of the union members with the Management of the power distribution company.

NUEE had on Thursday written to the Chairman of Board of Directors, Yusuf Hamisu, demanding the sack of the company’s Managing Director following the retrenchment of 530 of its members.

The union had alleged that the sacked staff, who were employed by the company in August 2015, were refused confirmation up to the time of their retrenchment.

The union also said that “the template used for the retrenchment was faulty and we urged the management to reverse the decision.

“We are optimistic that a substantial number of the affected workers would be reinstated after the one month review,” he said.

According to the union leader, the company also agreed to release outstanding pension contributions from June 2016 to January 2017 to enable retirees get their pensions.

When contacted, the Manager, Corporate Communication of the company, Malam Abdulazeez Abdullahi said that the issues discussed during the meeting was not for the media.

It would be recalled that the Managing Director of the company, Malam Garba Haruna on Feb. 1 dispatched letters of disengagement to the affected staff, citing incompetence, among other reasons for the sack.

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