The Management of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) says the ongoing picketing of it’s offices has disrupted the activities of PHED in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Mr. John Onyi, PHED Manager of Corporate Communications said the protests by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has adversely affected the distribution of power supply to its customers thereby leading to grounding of economic activities in the states.
“The picketing has disrupted the activities of PHED in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa and Rivers states in distributing power supply to its customers thereby leading to grounding of economic activities in the states.”
He noted that;
“The avoidable action of the Union is becoming one, too many for a service provider with the mandate of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to distribute power supply in its franchise area seamlessly.”
Meanwhile NUEE had in a briefing and pamphlets in circulation listed the following reasons for embarking on the picketing:
“Refusal of Management to sign Condition of Service and Procedural Agreement, refusal to remit already deducted check-off dues, insensitivity to workers welfare and obnoxious policy of restructuring and repositioning”.
These are accusations the PHED have since step forward to debunk describing them as false.
”For emphasis, the Management of PHED never refused the signing of the condition of service. In fact, it was the leadership of Dr. Henry Ajagbawa that actualised the lingering CoS of about six years. After painstaking corrections/input from both parties, it was agreed for signing on the 23rd of May 2020. The stage was set for the signing but NUEE did not turn up but Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies did and today SSAEC has a copy of the signed copy. PHED is still wondering why NUEE did not come for the signing. On the 1st of June 2020, another meeting was fixed at their instance and as a responsive organization, PHED obliged them and that was the last time we heard from the Union until today. The Union check- off dues has been up to date in terms of remittance except two months in 2019 that are having reconciliation issue with the bank.”