Blackout: Buhari Sacks Entire AEDC Management Over Workers’ Strike

Blackout: Buhari Sacks Entire AEDC Management Over Workers’ Strike

  • The management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has been sacked by President Buhari
  • As reported by the ministry of state for power, the president has also directed the establishment of a new board that will oversee the affairs of the company
  • Moreover, the president ordered the payment of the benefits of Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE)'s striking members

Following the strike action of members of the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) which led to blackout in many parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the presidency has sacked the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

This stern decision was disclosed in a statement released on Tuesday, December 6, by Ofem Uket, media aide of the minister of state for power, The Cable reports.

President Muhammadu Buhari
The order came from the Buhari-led government (Photo: Aso Rock Villa)
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It was made known in the statement that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a new interim governing board to oversee the daily operations of the AEDC, The Nation added.

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Added to this, the Buhari-led federal government has directed that the strike be called off and that the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid in not more than three weeks.

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The statement read:

“The presidential directives as conveyed also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC.
“In a memorandum of understanding MOU, jointly signed by the minister of state power Goddy Jedy Agba, the chairman Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC, Sanusi Garba, director-general, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoli, comrade Joe Ajaero on behalf of the union, the federal government ordered the suspension of the strike [and asked to] given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid.”

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Meanwhile, James Olayemi, a staff of AEDC had been sentenced to six months in prison for unlawfully disconnecting a customer’s residence in Lokoja.

A magistrate court in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state, however, gave Olayemi an option of an N50,000 fine. gathered that Magistrate Tanko Muhammed also ordered immediate reconnection of electricity supply to the compound of Dennis Osanwuta.


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