By. Afolabi Oyekunle.
The electricity workers under the auspices of the National Electricity Employees (NUEE) has cautioned the Minister of Power, Honourable Adelabu Adebayo over his utterances on the power sector since he assumed office, as his speeches are not true reflection on the sector.
The union said rather than face the true on the sector he has embarked on a media frenzy to misinform Nigerians and openly threaten workers in the sector. It is on record that the power sector has not experienced any system collapse in over 400 days due to the industrious and hard-working members that make up the workforce.
This was contained in a statement signed by the acting NUEE General Secretary, Dominic Igwebike on Monday.
NUEE complained of lack of engagement with stakeholders in the sector.
The union has therefore issued two weeks ultimatum to the Minister of Power, Mr. Adelabu Adebayo over the refusal to issue prepaid meters to Nigerians who are being compelled to pay imposed crazy bills; while having less than 4,500mw output of electricity.
According to the union, part of the unresolved issues include refusal of most Generation Companies (GenCos), led by Egbin Power Plc, which have flagrantly disobeyed all extant Labour laws since taking over in November 2013 and non-payment of 16 months arrears arising from severance; just to mention a few.
The statement read, “In order to achieve impeccable improvements and rejuvenate the Power Sector, it is expedient that the Federal Government puts round pegs in round holes and not appointees whose qualifications are political considerations.”
“The Minister should be guided to the effect that the Power Sector did not experience any System collapse during the two days warning strike declared across the nation by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which we are affiliated to.