PHCN Workers Want EFCC To Probe Monetisation Payments

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the perceived cover-up and the circumstances leading to non-payment of the monetisation benefits to many workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), despite claims by government officials that over N46 billion has been spent to pay over 82 per cent of the workers.

NUEE, in a statement, said contrary to the claims, over 50 per cent of the workers are yet to receive their entitlements.

The union regretted the adamant posture of the authorities towards compliance with the full payment of the monetisation for the PHCN workers.

Rather than investigating the issue, the union said, it was dissatisfied with the poor handling of the issue by the Federal Ministry Labour, whose top officials branded the union as being used by the opposition.

The body urged the ministry  to put a distinction between partisan politics and labour-oriented issues.

A top PHCN official in Port Harcourt, who spoke with The Tide on condition of anonymity, said most of the workers were yet to receive their monetisation. 

He urged the ministry to look critically into the issue and avoid linking the issues of staff welfare with politics.

 

Beemene Taneh