President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the Management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over the strike by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) two days ago.
The strike by the NUEE left Abuja and adjoining States of Nasarawa, Kogi, parts of Edo, Niger and Kaduna States serviced by the AEDC in total power blackout.
The workers were protesting unpaid allowances, salaries and unremitted pension deductions.
A statement issued by Ofem Uket, media aide to the Minister of State for Power, Jeddy Agba, on Tuesday, said the president approved a new interim governing board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company.
“The presidential directives as conveyed also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC.
“In a memorandum of understanding MoU, jointly signed by the minister of state power Goddy Jedy Agba, the chairman Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC, Sanusi Garba, director-general, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoli, Comrade Joe Ajaero on behalf of the union, the federal government ordered the suspension of the strike [and asked to] given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid,” the statement said.