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‘BPE Paid N604b To Ex-Workers Of Privatised Enterprises’

Posted: Dec 25, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) Director-General, Mr. Benjamin Dikki,   says so far over N604 billion has been paid as entitlements to staff of privatised enterprises in line with the Federal Government-approved labour policy in August 2002.

He made this known while receiving the Crown of Workers’ Prospect of the Year award by the Labour Writers’ Association of Nigeria (LAWAN) in Alausa, Lagos.

He said: “Difficult as the mobilisation and integration of stakeholders in the privatisation programme is, especially where critical decisions of right-sizing staff of enterprises to be privatised are involved, the Federal Government has through the Labour Policy Framework (LPF) assumed the responsibility of paying staff liabilities (except where the sales purchase agreement dictates otherwise­). Thus, over N604billion has so far been paid as entitlements to staff of privatised enterprises.”

He said the reform and privatisation were the best options to grow the economy.

“The reforms of the telecommunications sector are shining examples. This sector now contributes more than 20 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP), and has created millions of jobs. It has equally grown from about 450, 000 lines in 2001 to 151,018,624 lines as at August 2015 with teledensity of 107.87, in recent report releases by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).”

Acknowledging the role of the media on information dissemination, the director-general urged labour writers, as a member of the fourth estate of the realm, to partner the BPE as it did during the privatisation and reforms era.

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomole, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Patrick Obayagbon, urged governors to pay the N18, 000 minimum wage.

He wondered why some governors were not effecting the payment of the wage, having agreed with labour organisations and stakeholders to do so.

Earlier, Trade Union Congress (TUC) former President-General, Comrade Peter Esele, urged governors to cut costs.

He further noted that all state governors have security votes “that are not accounted for” and urged the governors to “sew their coat, not according to their size, but according to their cloth”.

He said David Cameron of the United Kingdom does not have a private jet, alleging that majority of the governors fly in private aircraft.

According to him, while the last negotiations were on-going, some states made submissions based on what they could pay as minimum wage  above the N18, 000, adding that it was too late to deceive the  workers.

He said: “Abia State’s submission was N42, 000; Nasarawa even went above N18, 000. All these states made submissions based on what they could pay and the majority of them came up with figures higher than N18, 000.”