The National Union of Electricity Employees -NUEE, has threatened to shut down operations at the national grid, once again if the Federal Government fails to honor the union’s demands soon.
According to the electricity employees, the two weeks given to the Federal Government to resolve the crisis had since elapsed.
Comrade Dukat Ayuba, the zonal organizing secretary, North West of NUEE, while briefing journalists in Kaduna on Thursday, September 22, explained that while negotiations were still going on, the shutdown of the national grid was quite imminent.
He then explained that the privatization of the electricity sector was a scam.
Wisdom Nwachukwu, a Central Executive Committee member, revealed that the federal government was planning to sell the Transmission Company of Nigeria -TCN.
“They are going behind meeting with some stakeholders. We are watching them. We will not allow that. We are patriotic Nigerians who want the best for our country,” he remarked.
Ado Gaya, the Vice President of North West, NUEE, while elaborating further on the situation, revealed that the 16 monthly salary demanded by the electricity workers was their legitimate/legal earnings which involved 55,000 of their workers.
Gaya then went on to explain that nine years after, the electricity workers have not received a kobo, and a lot of the workers being owed had died, while those who were laid off were in penury with their families receiving nothing to alleviate their circumstances.