President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, and appointment of a new interim governing board to oversee the day to day operations of the electricity distribution company.
The President’s decision was prompted by the recent industrial action embarked on by AEDC staff over non payment of arrears of pensions, allowances, salaries and promotion.
The sack of the management team conveyed by the presidency to the Federal Ministry of Power takes immediate effect.
The Minister of Power Aliyu Abubakar and the Minister of State for Power Goddy Jedy Agba had earlier intervened through dialogue with the Ministry of Labour, the Bureau of Public Enterprise and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, to resolve and call off the 14 hours strike action.
The Federal Capital Territory FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and parts of Edo states were in total black out between 7am in the morning to about 8pm on Monday following an industrial action by the staff of AEDC.
The presidential directives as conveyed has also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC.
Meanwhile the Federal government has ordered the suspension of the strike and has given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff be paid.
Government has described the non performance and incompetence of the AEDC management as a national embarrassment, saying the suspension of the management team subsist until further notice.
President Buhari sacks AEDC management over workers’ strike