The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has released a statement condemning the alleged picketing of its head office in Abuja by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) allegedly led by one Chris Okonkwo, calling the move unlawful and an affront on the authority of the court..
TCN released the statement with some Court documents to show that the Industrial action by TUC is illegal and goes against the judgement of the court. The statement reads:
Sequel to the press release by TCN on May 12th 2019 and a court order issued by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in suit No NICN/A81/121/2019 upon application by TCN and duly served on the parties the TUC picketed the corporate headquarters of TCN o the morning o 14th May 2019 in flagrant and brazen disregard of the court order.
Speaking on the court order, the general manager (legal/company secretary) Mrs Fatima Lawan stated that the court specifically restrained the defendants in the suit SSAEC and TUC “from picketing or any industrial action or further industrial action against the claimant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on Notice.
The contemptuous picketing of the TCN head office by the TUC and SSAEC is an affront on the authority of the court.
The unlawful picketing by SSAEC and TUC was violent as some staff of TCN were grievously injured by SSAEC and TUC members and are currently receiving medical attention.
It will be recalled that TUC was misled by Comrade Chris Okonkwo, current President of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies to serve notice of picketing on the company on the flimsy excuse that there is no industrial harmony in the company. However, the real motive of the SSAEAC president is to settle scores with the TCN branch of his union, having lost the support of TCN staff in his misguided bid to use the association to advance his selfish interest.
Comrade Okonkwo lost the support of TCN staff after they discovered he mismanaged their superannuation fund and the monthly subscriptions from members of the association.
The TCN branch of SSAEAC has made TUC act if misconduct by Okonkwo a subject of an investigation by EFCC. Comrade Chris Okonkwo, out of sheer mischief took the position that the TCN branch of SSAEAC has the backing of TCN management in the call for his probe by EFCC.
Management believes that the actions of SSAEAC is an attempt to sabotage the success recorded by the company.
TUC under the current management has successfully expanded the capacity of the grid from 5,000mw, when it took office in February 2017 to 8,100MW December 2018. It is on record that Treceives less than 30% of its revenue from the Discos, yet she has been able to attain this unprecedented stride in Grid expansion largely due to staff support.
Using in-house capacity, TCN has installed transformers and strong lines with associated transmission system devices in the last two years more than had ever been achieved in the previous 15years before this administration.
Unlike before, TCN using in-house capacity has prepared projects and secured more than $1.6billion from multilateral donors. This is meant to reinforce the network across the nation to N-1 reliability standards. TCN has also achieved a level of system frequency control never experienced in the nation’s history and this was recently commended by West Africa Power Pool (WAPP). Current TCN management has been promoting staff more than it had ever done before in its history, we are working assiduously to enhance the company’s revenue base so we can pay a better salary.
Management wants to use this medium to call on staff to please ensure they remain law abiding amid the unwarranted provocation by comrade Chris Okonkwo and his sponsors.