Protest: Electricity Workers Shut Down 11KVA Transmission to Kano, Katsina, Jigawa

By Salihu Ali, Kano

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The Kano state Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) have shut down 11KVA transmission in the Northern state and two other Franchise states of Jigawa and Katsina.
At a protest in Kano, the Union also shut down the office complex of Kano Electricity Distribution Company KEDCO, preventing staff and Customers from gaining entrance into the premises.
Outlining reasons for the action, the National Deputy President Senior Staff Association Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) Rilwanu Shehu said, they are protesting to press home the refusal of KEDCO Management to approve Reviewed Condition of Service that was agreed upon with the Association.
Shehu noted that, the Refusal to remit 79 Months Pension deducted from Staff Salary, Non remittance of 80 Months PAYE and Unsafe working conditions and working tools were among reasons for the action.
The Union explained that, KEDCO refused to pay Outstanding Exit package to retired staff, and 13th Month outstanding Payment for the years 2019, 2023 and balance of 2022.
Shehu highlighted inadequate funding of Regional offices for their operations and maintenance of networks and payment of Outstanding performance Appraisal salary Increment for the year 2020, 2021 and 2023 as well as Arrears for 2019 performance appraisal for January to December among reasons.
He said, “we are here because we want to find lasting solutions because for a very long time KEDCO has been enslaving our staff denying them their benefits, pensions, denying them almost everything welfare for many years.
“You can imagine someone working with this company for five years but one naira has gotten into his pensions account. This is Terrible,” Shehu noted.
Shehu explained that, as family members, they have people to cater for adding that, they are aware of the revenue drive of the company which is strong enough to take care of staff welfare.
“We have Non Payment of promotion and upgrade Arrears from April 2022 to February, and 2024 by KEDCO.”
He said the Union have exhausted all available means to settle the matter to no avail.
“Any time we come for consultative meetings they sit down and give us fake promises and we are tired.
“We can cripple the business. Kano is a very historical and commercial centre where electricity is so important. “We can ground the system and take off the supply in Kano,”Shehu said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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