Abuja Disco fires 27 workers over corruption

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Owing to corrupt practices and I discipline, the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has disengaged 27employees cutting across various cadres, The Nation learnt yesterday.
Our Abuja correspondent gathered that the company’s Director, Corporate Services, Engr. Abimbola Odubiyi, informed the workers via an internal memo.
According to an insider source, the memo noted that 17 of the affected staff had their appointment terminated while nine others were dismissed outright due to various forms of corrupt practices such as fraud, theft and double employment.
Besides, the memo said that the power firm disengaged one of the affected employees.
The memo dated 16th September, 2016 further revealed that AEDC disengaged some of the affected persons on account of disciplinary matters such as persistent absence from duty without permission.
In the internal memo, the director reminded all employees of the current management’s zero tolerance for all forms of corruption and indiscipline, drawing attention of staff to Chapter 3 of the Company’s Rules and Regulations which he said is very clear as to what constitutes an infringement on the Policy.
Engr. Odubiyi said in the memo that “the provisions (in Chapter 3 of the Rules and Regulations) are meant to serve as a guide to employees to be aware of the implications of negative behaviours”.
It also reminded employees that the current AEDC management, at its discretion, could refer any case involving fraud to law enforcement agencies which have the mandate to handle issues of corruption, especially the Independent Corrupt Practices and related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the police.
Sources in AEDC revealed that all the 27 employees affected were disengaged this year, and that several other staff have been reprimanded for various offences.
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