EEDC signs procedural agreement with 2 in-house unions

EEDC signs procedural agreement with 2 in-house unions

By Larry Onwuta

The Management of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has assured its two in-house unions of total compliance to the contents of the just signed Procedural Agreement and Conditions of Service.

The two in-house unions included: the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC).

The Head of Communication of EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Enugu.

Ezeh said that Dr Emmanuel Nwokolo, Head of Human Resources and Administration, EEDC, conveyed the assurance to the leadership of the two unions during the signing ceremony of Procedural Agreement between the parties in Enugu.

He noted that Nwokolo, who represented the management of EEDC at the signing ceremony, recalled that the journey started four years ago and that the management was happy that it came to a peaceful and successful end.

“This is a journey which started years ago with deliberations, arguments and disagreements all geared towards arriving at an unanimous set of guidelines for better relationship and coexistence between the workforce and EEDC management,’’ Ezeh quoted Nwokolo as saying.

The EEDC spokesman said that Nwokolo enumerated challenges of the company, which included; huge unpaid electricity bills, meter bypass, vandalism of power facilities etc.

He appealed to the unions to assist the company to tackle these challenges.

Responding, NUEE General Secretary, Mr Joe Ajaero, emphasised that in unionism and the fight for industrial harmony, there was “no permanent friend, no permanent enemy’’.

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Ajaero noted that with the Procedural Agreement and Conditions of Service in place, there would be mutual trust amongst the management, staff and the union, adding that this would definitely impact positively on productivity and revenue growth.

The SSAEAC spokesperson, Mr Joseph Onwukanjo, who represented SSAEAC President General, Mr Chris Okonkwo, expressed joy as the parties peacefully concluded negotiations and encouraged all parties to abide by its provisions.

Reacting, State Controller, Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment, Mr Umunna Chuka, who had been overseeing the negotiations, charged parties to strictly adhere to the provisions of the Procedural Agreements and Conditions of Service, entered into voluntarily.

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