Thousands Of Retrenched PHCN Workers Lament Severance Pay Delay

Investigations have revealed that about 47, 913 retrenched staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) are yet to receive their severance package after the privatization of the electricity sector.

The workers have protested the non-payment of their housing allowance, totalling about N400million by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

According to them, the money was deducted from their salaries in 2013 before their disengagement.

The workers, who carried placards bearing various inscriptions, such as “President Jonathan, please help us locate where our money is hanging”; “There is God o o o”; and “Why delay payment of our housing allowances since 2013?”, marched on to the secretariat of Oyo State Correspondents at Mokola, Ibadan.

Spokespersons of the aggrieved group, Oyedele Edna Owesiri, Julius Adeleke Taiwo, Adesina Olayinka, who addressed reporters, said, described the delay in the payment of the allowances as unsual.

They said some of their colleagues have been paid while their own payment was being unduly delayed, explaining that the affected workers are spread across Ogun, Kwara and parts of Kogi, Osun and Oyo states.

The workers claimed that the money has been paid to batches one to 10, but for reasons best known to those concerned, they have refused to pay batches 11 and 12, pleading with President Goodluck Jonathan to look into their plight.

 

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