The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has once again threatened to shut down the national grid if the federal government fails to meet its demands.
According to the disgruntled employees, the two-week deadline to address the situation has passed.
NUEE’s zonal organizing secretary for the North West, Comrade Dukat Ayuba, said that negotiations are still going on, so the shutdown of the national grid is still uncertain.
“The so-called privatization of the sector was a sham because nothing has changed nine years after investors took control,” they claimed.
“Therefore, we opposed privatizing the distribution business because investors lack the necessary skills and knowledge. As dedicated Nigerians, we advised against it to the administration. But the government was determined to do so.”
The investors are still utilizing antiquated equipment from 35, 40, and 50 years ago. One would anticipate that with the arrival of the investors, this antiquated equipment would be replaced, but nothing has been done.
According to the organization, the country still generates 5,000 megawatts of electricity.
“These are the same 5,000 megawatts that we previously generated. “What are the advantages of privatization?”
“We now produce megawatts at higher rates. affecting the living conditions of millions of Nigerians. “This will occur just in Nigeria.”
Wisdom Nwachukwu, a member of the Central Executive Committee, stated that the federal government now desires to sell The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
“They are going behind the scenes to speak with stakeholders. We’re observing them. “We cannot permit that.” “We are patriotic Nigerians who desire the best for our nation.”
Ado Gaya, vice president of the North West region of the NUEE, disclosed that the 16-month wage increase asked for by 55,000 power workers is their legal compensation.
He stated that after nine years, the workers have not received a single penny, while many of them have passed away and those who were laid off are suffering with their families.