Workers at the National Power Authority (NPA) yesterday received a total of 60 million Leones as their one month backlog pay which was owed to them.
The 60 million leones includes their NASSIT payment.
Handing over the cheque yesterday to the General Manager Dr Zubairu Kaloko, the Minister of Energy and Power Haja Afsatu Kabba said that salaries are very crucial and a number one priority.
She added that, “we have worked tirelessly to redeem the image of NPA which was down the drain” adding that, “but today we are proud for the electricity which is visible in every household.”
The minister pointed out that, “people are willing to pay their bills particularly those that are having the electricity supply.”
Haja Afsatu Kabba stressed, “I hate to hear about backlogs particularly when people are deprived of their salaries, noting further that, the government is mapping out to restructure government parastatals. She maintained that, NASSIT contributions will be of help to workers especially when they are at their retirement age, adding that whatever the circumstances NASSIT, PAYE and other contributions must be paid for workers. The minister underscored that “energy is a security – without it becomes insecurity problem for every body”. She pleaded with workers to be patient as medical facilities and other facilities will be dealt with later. “I encourage you (workers) to work assiduously to collect bills and give out correct bills to customers” said the minister. Haja Afsatu Kabba emphasized the need for equal distribution of electricity supply with no favoritism and discrimination. Energy the minister said is a national issue and every one should benefit from it. For his own part, Dr Zubairu Kaloko the General Manager said that he had paid salaries six times within three months that he took over office.He added that he was happy that he had paid all backlogs owed to workers. The General Manager appealed to customers to honor their bills and provide them with any relevant information relating to the progress of NPA. Talking to one worker who preferred not to be named, she said that she was happy that their backlogs have been paid to them.will create an impact on the lives of our families.”