The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has said the federal government has achieved 90 percent success in the payment of workers’ severance packages and pension while revealing that a total of 40,093 workers have already received their pay.
Prof. Nebo disclosed this on Monday when the Donor Coordinating Group, led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Representative, Dr. Patrick Kormawa, paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja. He noted that an additional 5,000 workers needed to be revalidated just as he commended the contributions of donor agencies in the on-going privatization of the sector. “The exercise would have experienced more hiccups, but for the expertise, foresight and doggedness of these partners.”
He described as critical the advice and support provided to all the arms of the power sector – regulatory, policy, executive, and technical, among others, to ensure a seamless privatization exercise.
While calling for more collaboration from the International partners, he said their assistance in ensuring access to cheap fund for expansion of their capacities is urgently required. Nebo said government cannot fold its arm and watch unpatriotic individuals derail the process in transition, but will rather do all within its power to ensure that the objective of privatization is sustained.
Earlier, the UNIDO Representative, Dr. Patrick Kormawa, said the group which has the Minster of Power as its Chairman, is focused on providing support for the sector.
Restating the activities of UNIDO, Kormawa stated that it is a platform for government and the donor groups to share knowledge, expertise and information on happenings in the power sector.