Managing Director of the Jos electricity Distribution Company JED PLC, Alhaji Gidado Modibo has said that the company would continue to put the welfare of staff as top priority
He also denied alleged disparities in salaries of workers and explained that salaries of staff of the company were harmonised in November 2015.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Jos he said “The records are there to back that harmonisation. We know the relevance of morale to efficiency and cannot treat some workers better than the others because we all need their maximum output, “ he said.
He said “The unions claim that we have been sacking people is not true. Since we took over the company in 2013, we have recruited more than 150 people into the system.
“We only disengaged redundant and weak people that were not adding any value to the system, and that included four Assistant General Managers, four Business Managers and some principal and senior managers.”
“We run JEDC as a private outfit that must stay afloat and survive, so much premium is placed on productivity and resourcefulness.
“The records and data are there to support the performances of those sacked and those retained.
“We have found out that it is the former workers that were sacked over such poor performance that have mobilised students and miscreants to fight the system.
“Some of those sanctioned were shown the way out because they were involved in all manners of extortion, but they are struggling to remain in the system which is not just possible because the union cannot force us to engage or keep anyone we do not find useful,“ he said.
It could be recalled that Mr Musa Ayiga, the Vice President, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) North-East had recently said no fewer than 50 employees of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) including him been laid off in a recent purge of workers by the company.
Ayiga told the newsmen in Jos on Monday that the management carried out the exercise last week.
According to him, 50 workers were a laid-off by the management last week in a massive purge over our agitations arising from disparity in salaries and working conditions.
He also alleged that they have also observed the high- handiness in handing of staff who have not been promoted since the new management took over and its inability to regularise the appointment of those on internship one year after their engagement.