Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Amb. Godknows Igali, yesterday said only two thousand former workers of defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria ‘PHCN’ are yet to receive their entitlements.
Igali who stated this yesterday briefing Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Power in Abuja, said that the ministry had concluded arrangement for verification of the workers’ details to enable payment to the remaining beneficiaries.
He explained that the last round of biometric capturing of the workers was to ensure proper verification of the alleged 2,000 workers yet to be paid.
The permanent secretary retreated its determination to ensure that all affected workers were fully paid, adding, however, that there was no clear evidence that the workers allegedly unpaid were staff of the defunct company.
In his words,” the previous biometric capturing had shown that the affected persons had no document to prove that they were PHCN workers.
“About 2,000 workers that have not been paid have no proof that they were PHCN staff and we do know that some of them could be personal staff to workers of the company.
He added that,“ Some were casual workers and these might be the ones that were not likely paid. In view of this, the technical committees have been directed to go round again and bring the case to a close,’’ he said.
The permanent secretary said that from the verification so far carried out across the country, about N343 billion had been paid to 46,771 beneficiaries out of the 47, 000 disengaged workers as claimed by labour leadership.
He said that the disbursed figure to verified workers accounted for 94 per cent of total payment expected to be made.
“There were claims of about 47,000 workers but out of that, the technical committees that were set up then were able to do a biometric capturing of about 46, 771 beneficiaries.
“They have been paid their money, which goes over N343 billion,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that following the privatization of PHCN, the Federal Government set up technical committees to verify the disengaged workers for adequate compensation.