Reps order NERC boss to reveal severance pay
• Wages Commission denies fixing package
The directive by the Daniel Asuguo-led committee followed the inability of the NERC chief to give a clear picture of what he and members of his board would actually earn in terms of naira and kobo as severance package when their tenure comes to an end at the end of the year.
However, in a twist to the tale, the Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Mr. Richard Egbule said commission did not approve the introduction of a severance package for NERC board members.
Egbule maintained that the NERC board members do not deserve to earn the severance package as provided by the Act, guiding the operations of the commission.
The House of Representatives, had via a motion dated November 4th this year, ordered stoppage of the payment of the severance pay package to the tune of N400 million to Amadi and N380 million to each of the six other outgoing members of the board of the regulatory outfit on the basis that the package ran contrary to the recommendations of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission as well as violates the provision of section 42 (1) (a) and (b) of the Electric, Power Sector Reform Act.
However, Amadi, who appeared before a public hearing probing into the issue at the national Assembly faulted those behind such claim saying it was not only spurious but mischievously intended to tarnish the commission’s hard earned’ integrity.
When asked what would be his severance package, he first pleaded that since the required details are with the lawmakers, it is better kept away from the public since he has the privilege not to make it open.
Asuguo, who also rejected Amadi’s claim that he doesn’t have the figure off hand, ordered that it would be in the interest of Nigerians to know exactly what each member of the NERC commission would earn as severance package.
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