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BPE Pays Pension, Gratuity To 94.79% Of Former PHCN Workers

The Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), on Sunday in Abuja disclosed that it had paid off the gratuity and pension of 43,375 defunct workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

Mr. Chigbo Anichebe, BPE’s spokesman, said: “that brings the payment made with regards to the validated staff to 94.79 per cent of the workforce. Validation of another 2,382 has been concluded and payments are in process.”

He said: “payment of the 43, 375 staff, the bureau has remitted N361,024,432,338.48 to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

According to the statement, the beneficiaries were among 47,913 workers presented to the government at the beginning of the privatisation process.

“This brings the total number of staff verified to 45, 757 or 95.5 per cent of the purported staff strength of PHCN.”

“Furthermore, the committee chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, is still working tirelessly to validate the remaining 4.5 per cent of the workforce.

“These are purported staff that the committee has so far not been able to obtain documents to validate their claims to being staff of PHCN. The union is very much aware of this.Does the union want government to pay ghost workers?” he asked.

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