The Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has said that it would not tolerate incompetency and under-performance in its franchise.
The Management stated this following the stay-at-home notice issued to workers by the Senior Staff Association and Allied Company (SSAEAC) and National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) to protest the disengagement of some staff on account of incompetency and under-performance.
The Management, in a statement, said it has a performance policy that both unions have agreed to abide as part of the conditions of service and based on this, the management said, it took a decision to engage some staff after series of trainings and grace periods for the affected staff to improve.
“176 staff were found to be performing below the expected level and being a company that believes in due process, gave the staff three months with proper supervision and mentorship where 70 of them improved leaving 106 staff.
“More training was given with additional three months for the 106 staff to improve. In the cause of engagement, some raised issues of faulty transformers and health challenges which we took into consideration and at the end, after several procedural interventions, 32 out of the 176 were found not to be responding as they continuously under-performed in their jobs.
This, the statement said, led to their termination of appointment in line with the condition of service they signed to abide by.
“The policy on performance which was agreed upon by both unions is out to ensure commitment in the interest of the company and the welfare of staff. On the issue of 13 months, it’s the bonus we usually pay at the end of the year but due to the financial challenge in the month of January, the management however, agreed to pay the bonus on installment basis in view of the financial challenge as a result of the service-based tariff.
“On logistics, a lot has been invested by KEDCO on the issue of working tools and logistics and we have packaged more to ensure the smooth running of affairs going forward. On the issue of pension deductions raised, there is an existing agreement reached with the same Unions that we would continue to pay current salary and at least a month outstanding until it is cleared and this is already being implemented, yet, the unions brought it as an issue.
The Management said it sees the move by both unions as an attempt to gain public sympathy and divert the attention from issues on the ground adding that for the company survive, competency and performance must be prioritized in line with the policy and condition of service.