Electricity workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees have sworn to liberate the country from what it described as the “clutches of the hustlers” in the power sector, just as it described the privatisation process as a “charade”.
A statement signed by the Assistant General Secretary of the association, Lagos/Ogun Zonal Council, Temple Iworima, on Monday, said it would no longer allow electricity distribution companies and generating companies, to take advantage of Nigerians.
“We wish to use this medium to reiterate that, we are prepared to use our labour and sweat to liberate the sector and the country from the clutches of these ‘Hustlers’ in the Power Sector”, the statement reads in part. The union said since the privatisation of the power sector in October 2013, the sector had remained dormant and has failed to add value to the lives of the Nigerian citizens.
It added, “Since privatisation in 2013, electricity workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees have been in the fore-front of speaking out on behalf of the Nigerian people. It is an undeniable truth that the Power Sector privatisation has not added value to the lives of the ordinary Nigerians. The entire exercise which could be described as a charade has not brought any meaningful impact/improvement of the Sector, rather, it has led the Nation to a huge setback”.
According to the statement, the infrastructure of the new owners in the power sector has almost gone comatose, while the socio-economic status of the average worker in the sector has continued to decline amidst prevailing harsh economic condition.