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Wednesday 21st August 2019,
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Man cries out over alleged illegal sack by Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd, company’s threat to remove roof of house

A former staff of Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd, MESL, in Kainji Dam, Niger State, Mohammed Bello has accused the company of unlawfully disengaging him from service and threatening to illegally eject him and remove the roof of the house he was given as staff.

Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd, MESL, took over an aspect of the Power Holding Company Limited, PHCN, Kainji Hydro Electricity Company in Kainji Dam, Niger State, after it was privatised, a few years ago.

According to Bello, upon taking over the company from PHCN, Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd issued Mohammed an appointment letter and was allocated a private residence at Kainji New Bussa, Borgu Local government Area of Niger State, at Senior Camp, D2/12A Makurdi Drive.

Mohammed claimed he worked as a System Electrical Operator under the Operational Department.

In the appointment letter issued to Mohammed and made available to DAILY POST, it was stated that the company will issue a one month notice before termination of appointment.

The conditions on the appointment letter stated, “Mainstream is in the process of finalizing company specific conditions of service as well as an organization restructure.

“This offer is conditional on your acceptance of Mainstream Energy Solution conditions of service once published.

“This contract of employment can be terminated by either party on the provision of one month’s notice of termination.”

But Mohammed claimed that upon resumption at the office on 1st May, 2015, he was disengaged from service without any notice.

Speaking with DAILY POST, Mohammed said: “I was issued an unexpected disengagement letter without proper due process.”

“I worked last with Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd (MESL) at Kainji Dam before been disengaged from service without due diligence. I have worked as a system electrical operator under the operational department at Kainji Dam.

“After the privatization of PHCN, I was given an appointment by Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd (the company that took over Kainji Hydro Electricity Company) and on the appointment letter, it was stated clearly that. “Mainstream was in the process of finalizing company specific conditions of service, as well as an organization, restructure.

“This offer is conditional on your acceptance of Mainstream Energy Solution conditions of service once published.

“This contract of employment can be terminated by either party on the provision of one month’s notice of termination.

“But to my surprise, on my arrival in office on the 1st May 2015, I was issued an unexpected disengagement letter without proper due process.

The disengagement letter stated that “MESL will not be extending your contract,” and therefore no longer require my service.

Speaking further, Mohammed stressed that MESL never honoured the terms on his appointment letter with regards to disengagement from service.

According to Mohammed, ‘There was nothing like one month notice.’

“Few months after I was issued disengagement letter, I and some of my colleagues who were also disengaged went to seek for a legal advice. I contacted a lawyer by the name Felix, who later sued Mainstream Energy Solution to a court in the year 2015.

“But three years gone, there was no positive response from the court, neither was there any feedback from Barrister Felix. All Effort to contact Felix has proved abortive.”

He claimed that Felix, whom he engaged to ensure he gets justice may have been compromised.

Mohammed said after been ignored by Felix for about two years, the lawyer in November 2017 showed up with what he termed “contractor” named “SUBAIFA & ASSOCIATE NIG. Ltd,” wherein they issued him a “tenancy letter” ordering that he starts paying rent for the apartment MESL allocated to him.

The former MESL staff said he refused to pay for his tenancy because the apartment was allocated to him by MESL and because there was a pending court case against the company, there was no need to begin to pay for rent.

Following his refusal to pay rent, Mohammed claimed that he was issued a quit notice which was followed by a “mark” on the wall of the house of possible removal of the roof by 5th July 2018.

In respect to the notice, Mohammed is expected to vacate his residence at Kainji New Bussa, Borgu Local government Area of Niger State, Senior Camp, D2/12A Makurdi Drive.

He said, “All of a sudden, in the year 2017, November, Barrister Felix came to me with a contractor by the name, SUBAIFA & ASSOCIATE NIG. Ltd, I was issued a tenancy letter that I have to start paying house rent.

“I soon came to realize that my lawyer had been compromised . Although I had refused to pay for any tenancy fee because I have a pending issue in court and secondly, the house I occupied was allocated to me by Mainstream Energy Solution and not SUBAIFA & ASSOCIATE NIG. LTD.

“Then few months after, there was a quite notice from both SUBAIFA & ASSOCIATE NIG. LTD and Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd which was followed by a MARK on the wall of my house, notifying me of a possible removal of the roof of my apartment, latest by 5th July 2018.

“Please I am calling on Federal government of Nigeria, Ministry of power, human right authorities, security agency and all relevant authority to come to my aid. They have threatened to come and eject me and my family out of the house and remove the roof of my house latest by 5th July, 2018.

“Please, I want Mainstream Energy Solution Ltd and it associates to know that Nigeria still has a court of law and a perfectly working judiciary system.”

However, when DAILY POST contacted the Human Resource of MESL, simply identified as Anasi, he was reluctant in commenting on the matter.

But, after much persuasion, Anasi said he was not the right person to speak on the issue, adding that he was not aware the case was in court.

”Maybe you can direct it to my Head office in Abuja office in Abuja where they have the Legal Department.

”I am working at the plant, I am not aware they have gone to court,” he said.

Several calls put across to Mainstream Energy’s MD went unanswered. Also, text messages forwarded to his three different mobile lines got no response.

Effort to also get through to the Control Room of Mainstream Energy failed as all calls and text messages put across to the unit failed.

Similarly, calls and text messages to Mr Siraj, Executive Director, Mainstream Energy yielded no result as DAILY POST got no response from him.

 

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