President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), and a new interim governing board was appointed to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Electricity Distribution Company.
This follows the recent industrial action embarked on by AEDC staff over nonpayment of arrears of pensions, allowances, salaries, and promotion.
The sack of the management team which was conveyed by the presidency to the Federal Ministry of Power is to take immediate effect.
The Minister of Power, Aliyu Abubakar and the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy Agba had earlier intervened through dialogue with the Ministry of Labour, Bureau of Public Enterprise, and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) to resolve and call off the 14-hour strike action.
It would be recalled that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and parts of Edo States were in total blackout between 7: 00 am in the morning to about 8:00 pm on Monday following an industrial action by the staff of AEDC.
The presidential directives as conveyed has also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC, however in a memorandum of understanding MOU, jointly signed by the Minister of State for Power Goddy Jedy Agba; the Chairman of 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 has ordered the suspension of the strike, given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid.
The government has described the nonperformance and incompetence of the AEDC as a National embarrassment, saying the suspension of the management team subsist until further notice.