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Recruitment: We Will Give Inherited Contract Staff Priority – Kaduna Electric

Recruitment: We Will Give Inherited Contract Staff Priority – Kaduna Electric

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

The Management of Kaduna Electric has
disclosed that all inherited staff whose six
months contract with the company is
almost expiring will be given priority in the
company’s advertised recruitment exercise
in view of their experience.

The Head of corporate communication of
the organization Alhaji Abdulazeez
Abdullahi disclosed this to newsmen
yesterday at the Kaduna Electric head office
while reacting to series of allegation levelled
against the management by the National
Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).

It would be recalled that the Kaduna Electric
had publicised 15,000 jobs to be created.
Earlier in a peaceful protest by the NUEE at
the premises of the Kaduna Electric, the
NUEE had accused the management of
refusal to acknowledge and dialogue with
the union, haphazard payments of salaries,
pension. It also accused the management of haven pencilled down those to be recruited.

The Head of Corporate Communication
however said contrary to speculation’s that
the management has pencilled down some
names to replace the present staff, that the
door is open to everybody who is interested
and the present crop of staff whose
contract is about to expire will be given
priority because the company cannot do
without them especially those who are
productive.

Reacting to the accusations that some
pensioners’ entitlements for four months
have not been paid, Alhaji Abdullahi said
that the money has been deposited with the
organization but the Marketing Operator
(MO) who deposited the money were yet to
give details of how the money should be
disbursed., adding that a letter has been
written to the MO seeking details of how
the money should be disbursed and who
should benefit what.

According to him, “Yes we have received the
money from the marketing operator and
the money is already in our account, but
the mistake is from the marketing operator
who did not indicate how the money will be
paid and we have officially written to them to furnish us with
details, which we expect any time from
now.

“I must also at this point say that we have
paid off casual staff and stopped the
practice because it is illegal in Nigerian law
and Kaduna Electric has never forced
anyone to work beyond eight hours. The
maximum working period in Nigeria is eight
hours and if somebody works above that
arrangement must have been made to that
effect,” he said.

On the delay in the payment of salaries,
Alhaji Abdullahi said the new investors
inherited ghost workers, under and over-
payment of salaries, and stressed the need
to regularise some of the discrepancies
hence the delay.
He added that no worker is owed any salary
till date, saying, even payment of April
salary is already being worked out.

However the Assistant National General
Secretary NUEE, Comrade Moses Amedu
who led the protesting members of the
union to the premises of the company
alleged that the management kept their
money in private account for interest and
refused to meet them despite several
attempts to meet with them which has
forced the union to give the management
two weeks ultimatum which will expire on
the 23rd April, 2015.
He reiterated however, that should the
management fail to meet their demands
before the expiration of the ultimatum,
they should not be blamed for their actions
thereafter.

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