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Electricity Workers shut Powerhouse building, lockout Minister of power over Tariff Hike

Electricity Workers shut Powerhouse building, lockout Minister of power over Tariff Hike

The National Union of Electricity Employees, and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, on Monday, stopped business activities at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Power in Abuja.
Members of NUEE and SSAEAC also locked out the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, and other workers of the ministry, stopping accessing the Power House building in the Maitama District of Abuja.
This was as the  Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, on Monday, gave the Federal Government a deadline of May 31, 2024, to reverse the hike in electricity tariff.
The unions decided at the end of a jointly held National Executive Council meeting.

“The NEC once again vehemently condemns the unilateral increase in electricity tariff by the authorities. This action, taken without due consideration for the economic hardships faced by the masses and the provisions of the law, is deemed unjust and burdensome. The NEC reaffirms its demands for an immediate reversal of the tariff hike and the vexatious apartheid categorisation into bands to alleviate the suffering of Nigerian workers and citizens and gives the National Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Federal Government until the last day of May, 2024 to meet these demands,” the unions said in a  statement issued at the end of their meeting.

The acting General Secretary of NUEE, Igwebike Dominic, told our correspondent that the shutdown of the power ministry would continue until the government listens to the demands of the union or calls for a meeting to address the issues.

“The shutdown of Power House is going to continue until they hold a meeting with the unions or meet the demands written in our letter to the minister,” he stated.

In the letter to Adelabu, jointly signed by both unions and dated May 20, 2024, the associations stated that the government took a unilateral and detrimental decision to liquidate TCN without consulting stakeholders.

They said, “We are taken aback by the utmost disregard for the critical stakeholders in the power sector by you and your agency’s unilateral and detrimental decisions in the sector.

“We believe that all agencies, under your ministry, should key into your agenda and set goals by extension to the vision of this administration in seeing to a regular and sustainable power supply in the country. So, the disruption being engineered by NERC in the sector is not surprising, as there is no known agenda or vision for the power sector by your administration one year after the resumption of office.

“The unfortunate scenario playing out in the power sector points to the fact that you administer the sector like a personal estate with no consideration for the welfare and survival of the workers and the sector in general.”

They accused the minister that since he assumed office a year ago, “your ministry and NERC have been running the sector without recourse to critical stakeholders in the power industry”.

The unions stated that the unilateral tariff increase to about 300 per cent was done without stakeholders’ dialogue, adding that the proposed review of workers’ salaries does not receive the desired considerations.

According to the unions, this is provocative and unacceptable.

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