Nigerians will soon experience another blackout as the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has threatened to shut down the national grid if the Federal Government fails to honour its demands soon again.
Recall, the workers on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, after a meeting with Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment suspended its twenty-four-hour strike for two weeks.
The union is protesting the nonpayment of outstanding arrears owed to former workers of the now-defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, the suspension of conditions of service and career path for workers, and the directive by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) board to conduct promotion interviews for acting principal managers who are moving to Assistant General Managers.
The aggrieved workers said the two weeks given to resolve the crisis has elapsed.
The zonal organizing secretary, North West of NUEE, Comrade Dukat Ayuba said that while negotiation is still on going, the shutting down of the national grid still hangs.
Ayuba lamented the so-called privatisation of the sector was a scam because nine years after being taken over by investors, nothing has changed.
According to him: “That was why we kicked against privitasing the distribution sector because the investors don’t have the capacity and expertise. As committed Nigerians, we advised the government against it. But the government was hell-bent on doing so.
“The so-called privatization of the sector was a scam because 9 years after taken over by investors nothing has change,” they alleged.
“That was why, we kicked against privitazing the distribution sector because, the investors don’t have the capacity and expertise. As committed Nigerians we advised government against it. But the government was hell bent of doing so”.
” The investors are still operating with obsolete equipment dating back to 35, 40, and 50 years. One will expect that with the coming of the investors they will replace this obsolete equipment but nothing has been done.”
A member of Central Executive Committe, Wisdom Nwachukwu noted that the federal government now wants to sale Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
“They are going behind meeting with some stakeholders. We are watching them. We will not allow that. We are patriotic Nigerians who want the best for our country.”
The Vice President, North West, NUEE Ado Gaya revealed that the 16 months demanded by the electricity workers is their legitimate earnings which involves 55,000 workers.
He said nine years after, the workers have not receive a dime, while many of the workers have died, those who were laid off are suffering with their families.