The Kaduna State Council of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has issued a warning of an impending indefinite strike, set to commence from midnight on Tuesday. This action stems from grievances related to issues such as non-remittance of pension funds and promotions, among others.

In a notice addressed to the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna and signed by the Secretary, Comrade Ado Ali, the union accused the management of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company of failing to remit pension contributions to the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA) of over 3000 staff for a period exceeding 72 months.

Responding to the allegations, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, Head of Corporation Communication at Kaduna Electric, condemned the proposed strike action by NUEE, considering it unjustified and deserving of condemnation by all well-meaning individuals.

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The notice from NUEE detailed the reasons behind the planned shutdown, including non-remittance of pension contributions, non-payment of death benefits to families of deceased staff, lack of essential resources for staff, suspension of promotions for deserving staff for over eight years, non-payment of government-approved wage awards, wrongful termination of employment following the Zaria accident, and inadequate medical services for staff.

Abdulazeez expressed dismay that NUEE would choose to initiate a strike at the onset of the holy month of Ramadan, further inconveniencing Nigerians, and questioned the union’s motives. He emphasized that the outstanding pension arrears were accrued debts from previous managements, and efforts were underway to address them.

Since assuming office in January 2024, the Administrator has endeavored to collaborate with unions to improve Kaduna Electric’s operations, holding several meetings to align on strategies for the company’s advancement. The management reiterated its commitment to employee welfare, citing recent salary increments and plans to settle liabilities as resources permit.

Abdulazeez urged customers to disregard the strike action and continue with their regular activities without interruption.


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