The Organised Labour in the power sector has condemned alleged plan by the Power Ministry to draw about N109, 321,451.87, from the accounts of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to recruit about 500 engineers for PHCN through consultants.
Speaking under the umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) labour, in its statement issued in Lagos, said such recruitment meant for Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was an aberration to standard practice as TCN, PHCN have Human Resource Department (HR) in charge of recruitments.
The NUEE statement, through its General Secretary, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said: “We have been inundated of an unholy intent of the Power Ministry to commit waste of tax payer’s money in the name of wanting to recruit engineers for the Transmission Company of Nigeria, PHCN.
“It is regrettable to state that the Power Ministry has concluded arrangements to draw about N109, 321,451.87 only from PHCN accounts to recruit about 500 engineers for PHCN through consultants… This action, to state the least, is an aberration to standard practice as TCN, PHCN has full compliments of Human Resource Department (HR) in-charge of recruitments. Besides, what has gone wrong with the Power Ministry’s vote for the year? When has it become the responsibility of PHCN to fund projects undertaken by the Power Ministry, when the Ministry has in its kitty approved and allocated votes for its operations?