Protesting electricity workers lock Shiroro dam

Channels Television  
Updated August 9, 2012

The chapter of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at Shiroro Hydroelectric Power Station, on Thursday staged a protest against what they termed high-handedness of the Minister of Power, Professor Bart Nnaji, locking the entrance to the power station.

The workers, who blocked the entrance to the dam during the protest, accused the federal government of trying to tactically deny them of their hard earned benefit.

The protesting workers carried placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Pay us our full benefit’ and, ‘PHCN say no to military Minister.’

The chairman of the union, Alhaji Mohammed Nagya accused the Minister of high-handedness in the management of the nation’s power sector.
According to Alhaji Nagya, the union will continue to resist the privatization of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and insist on the payment of the workers’ gratuity as contained in their condition of service.

The workers who stated that they were not against the planned privatisation of the PHCN, however vowed to continue with the protest until the federal government revert to the old gratuity plan as contained in PHCN condition of service.

Shiroro Hydroelectric Power Station in Niger state has a power generating capacity of 600MW.

A similar protest held at the PHCN office in Abuja on Wednesday when staff of the Power company accused the federal government of forcing them to sign papers that would compel them to accept a severance pay they do not agree with.