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BPE dissociates self from purported verification of PHCN disengaged staff

BPE dissociates self from purported verification of PHCN disengaged staff

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has dissociated itself from a purported verification of disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) by a group of former staff of the energy utility linking it to the exercise.
Amina Tukur Othman, head, Public Communications of the bureau, said BPE was alarmed that the group had, regrettably, circulated various correspondences to their members in that regard.
“In the correspondences, captioned: BPE-Notice To All Disengaged Staff Of Ex-PHCN Staff and written in poorly expressed English Language, the group represented by one Ndiwe Louis Okechukwu requested the former staff of the defunct PHCN to visit designated venues in the country with relevant documents and a processing fee of N1,000 each.
It also said BPE has released 10,000 forms with a security number to all the zones across the country and that the forms must be returned in hard copies with specific requirements and after processing, payment would commence until the whole 48,000 staff are paid,” Othman said.
He quoted from the correspondence: “Due to the secrecy of our meetings and struggle towards getting our unpaid claims, it is advised that those to fill the expected form should come to the various designated venues with their particulars as prescribed. No one is expected to be allowed to make a photocopy of it. Being it a blank or completed copy. This is for strict compliance, please.”
“BPE released 10,000 forms to be shared for all the zones across the nation and the beauty of it is that the form has a security number and the form must be returned as hard copy with the requirements stated therein above and as such should not be photocopied. And after the first 10,000 has been processed and payment will commence on it, and thereafter, another 10,000 will be released as above until they finished the whole 48,000 staff.”
The BPE spokesperson stressed that the organization was not conducting another verification exercise for the defunct staff of the PHCN and is not in any way connected with the purported verification by the group. “It must be noted that each time the Bureau carries out verification of former staff of the defunct PHCN, adequate publicity is carried out with the involvement of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEC). But in the purported verification by the group, these are absent,” adding, “BPE wishes to dissociate itself from the purported verification and warns all former staff of the PHCN and general public to beware.”

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