The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called on its members to stay out of work pending when amicable resolution is reached between the union and the government following the deployment of military personnel to the headquarters of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
The leadership of the National Assembly has, however, decided to call the leaders of the union to have discussion with them on the latest development and avert a situation where the whole of the power sector would be shut down.
Although, NUEE members at the generating stations are not participating in the strike but those in the distribution network have said that they would continue to be on strike until their demands are met.
Electricity consumers are the victims of this action as the striking workers will not attend to problems emanating from distribution networks. The workers will not attend to faults even if they are reported to the offices of the PHCN nationwide. Customers will also not be able to pay for their bills.
According to Joe Ajaero, the General Secretary of the union, the union members are ready to go but they should be paid their entitlement. “We resist the attempt by the government to send the workers away without given them what is due to them. We are ready for privatisation but pay us off”, he said.