As the protest embarked upon by workers of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) entered the second day on Wednesday, the workers have vowed not to back down until their outstanding salaries and unremitted deducted pensions are paid.
According to reports, a meeting called to resolve the crisis between the management of the distribution company and union officials failed.
The workers, led by officials of the National Union of Electricity Employees, barricaded the main entrance to the corporate head office of the company in Kaduna.
Speaking on the protest, the Deputy President for North, NUEE, Sikamta Ali, said: “We have over two-year deductions of pensions that the company has not been remitting to the PFAs. We have issue of medical care and proper placement. For over five years, nobody in the company can tell you their actual grade level.
“We have been patient enough. We cannot be slaves in our country. That is why we are saying they must give us our salary in full.”
A staff of the company, who preferred not to be named, said if the company could pay them their full salaries and two-year pension which were not remitted to the PFA, they were prepared to resign their appointments and leave the organisation.
Insisting that he was not ready to work as a slave in his own country, the anonymous staff said: “I am ready to resign from this company if am paid my full salaries and my two-year pension not remitted to the PFA. We are not shifting ground until our demands are met.”
The Head of Corporate Communications at KEDC, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, while responding to enquires, downplayed the protest, saying that the issue was being resolved.
He said: “The issue is being resolved. It is the issue of salaries. We have a little challenge with our revenue collection in the month of September but before month end, we will pay. There is no cause for alarm.”
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