After a one-day strike action staged by workers of the National Power Authority (NPA) at their Siaka Stevens Street office in Freetown on Friday, Dr Zubairu Kaloko, the general manager of NPA, has assured workers that they will receive one month back log out of their two months.
Addressing members of the staff union at the NPA board room, Dr Kaloko intimated that he had paid workers three times within two months when he took office.
He added that, “I am committed to my workers they are my priority “. Adding that, “when I took over I made the pronouncement that I should have good working relationship with my workers”.
Dr Kaloko also told of how he inherited bad management from the past management.
The general manager made a pledge that he would not take salaries until workers were working under a conducive atmosphere.
Dr Kaloko also looked into other issues like paying their NASSIT contributions, improved medical facilities and salary increase.
Presenting their case, Emmanuel Wilson Taylor, the vice president of the staff union, said they knew that the general manager inherited bad system and 3.4 mega watts generators.
“But when you come in we now have 15mega watts generator at Kingtom and 10 Mega Watts at Black Hall Road”, said the vice president.
Mr Wilson Taylor noted that, “when we heard that we have a new minister and general manager we were glad”. The vice president highlighted some of their constraints and problems to the general manager and minister. After listening carefully to both sides, Haja Afsatu Kabba, minister of energy and power, asked the workers to work with them.
She assured them that she would look into their problems and found ways to solve them. Haja Kabba maintained that her relationship with workers was cordial and that she would continue to maintain that. Francis Munu, the deputy inspector General of Police in charge of crimes, said if the workers went on strike the people would suffer.