- Usman Mohammed, TCN MD
BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) are presently at each other’s throat over an alleged unremitted N29m check-off dues from the former to the later.
While the company insists it has paid the dues up to date, the union sees this as a tissue of lies.
In its allegation published in some national dailies and online media, Monday, 27th January 2020, the union maintained that the outstanding check-off dues ought to have been paid them by the end of December 2019, as agreed in a meeting held with it, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and TCN, but nothing has so far been done, thus fuelling suspicion that the transmission company was desirous of swindle it, urging the company to settle them to avoid their wrath.
But reacting swiftly to this on Thursday, January 30, TCN, through its spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, insisted that her company had paid SSAEAC up to the last dime, stressing that the union’s allegation was only with intent to expose it to public ridicule and incite the company’s staff into labour dispute “based on deliberate misrepresentation of information.”
According to her, “the truth is that the meeting was held with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, not the Minister as was erroneously stated in the publication and that check-off dues to both the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) and Nigerian Union of Electricity Workers (NUEE) have been paid up to January, 2020.
“We further note that at the said meeting with the Permanent Secretary, an Accounts Reconciliatory Committee was set up consisting of three TCN staff and three SSAEAC members, to collectively examine the payment records by TCN and reconcile with SSAEAC records, in order to determine if there are any outstanding payments due to the union, which was duly carried out.”
Going further, she said, “it is important to note that TCN usually remits union check-off dues within two weeks after salaries were paid,” adding that remittance was suspended for SSAEAC after March 2019 payment, because the local chapter of SSAEAC complained that the percentage of the dues due to them from the check-off dues earlier paid to the national body were not being remitted by SSAEAC national office.” But the suspension was lifted on the directive of the Permanent Secretary and this was complied with, she claimed.