The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has threatened to shut down the national grid if the Federal Government fails to meet their demands soon.
According to them, the two weeks given to resolve the crisis had elapsed.
The Zonal Organising Secretary, North West of NUEE, Comrade Dukat Ayuba, at A Press Conference in Abuja on Thursday said while negotiations were still ongoing, the shutting down of the national grid was imminent.
He lamented that the so-called privatisation of the sector was a scam.
“That was why we kicked against privatising the distribution sector because the investors don’t have the capacity and expertise. As committed Nigerians, we advised the government against it. But the government was hell-bent on doing so,” he said.
“The investors are still operating with obsolete equipment dating back to 35, 40, and 50 years. One will expect that with the coming of the investors they will replace this obsolete equipment but nothing has been done,” he added.
“We now generate megawatts with higher tariffs. Bringing hardships to the homes of millions of Nigerians. This will only happen in Nigeria”, he said.
The Union leader noted that the nation still generates 5,000 megawatts of electricity, saying, this is the same 5,000 megawatts we used to generate. So, what is the benefit of privatisation?
The Vice President, North West, Ado Gaya revealed that the 16 months demanded by the electricity workers is their legitimate earnings which involve 55,000 workers.
Meanwhile, a member of the Central Executive Committee, Wisdom Nwachukwu, hinted that the Federal Government now wants to sell the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
He said, “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.”