Electricity workers reject privatisation

The National Union of Electricity Employees and Senior Staff Association of Electricity Workers have described the ongoing privatization of the power sector “as anti-people and a drawback for the economy”.

Acting President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajearo while addressing electricity workers during the national sensitisation tour of the North East Zone in Jos, observed that the country is not ripe for privatization in the sector.

The labour leader argued that privatisation is a post industrialisation process and not developmental as the nation has the resources to develop and nurture the power sector rather than leaving it in private hands to manipulate the people.

The north East Vice President of the union, Hajia Lami Mohammed urged workers to remain calm as the union is making efforts to ensure that all entitlements of the workers are paid before disengagement.

As the power reform exercise continues to generate different views, the major demand of the electricity workers is that all entitlements of the workers must be paid by the government before the privatisation exercise could be discussed.