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Electricity workers kick against privatisation

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), has rejected the proposed privitisation of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

NUEE made its stance at a news conference facilitated by the Western Zone at the Zonal Secretariat, Ibadan noting that the privatisation move will rather defend the profit interest of the business owners against the general interest of Nigerians for affordable and regular electricity.

Members of the union said since the privatisation of the power sector in November, 2013, all the expectations that privitisation would add value to the life of the people and bring meaningful impact and improvement to the power sector had been dashed.

Referring to its disapproval of the privatisation of the power sector in 2013, the association said its fears had been confirmed by the daily agony being experienced by its members and Nigerians at large, as the myriad of problems bedeviling the sector prior to this had worsened.

The union further called on the general public to prevail on the Federal Government to immediately implement the agreement signed with it, saying, that is the only way to forestall a situation where the union would not be forced to reactivate the suspended strike.

“Our union rejects the planned privitisation of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). We demand a full renationalisation of the power sector under a democratic control of a Board that includes the representatives of workers and consumers”, Assistant General-Secretary, Western Zone, Comrade Modupeoluwa Akinola said.

Akinola said the purpose of the meeting was also to dispel the excessive misinformation and misrepresentation being peddled around by some individuals and organisations acting at the instance of the new business owners of the power sector whose interest is to present the union in bad light before the general public.

He further warned that the union might resume its suspended strike if the government failed to meet its demand, adding that the government should be blamed for any inconvenience suffered by the public, as may be caused by the strike action.

Writing by Muzha Kucha