Electricity workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), have threatened blackout the entire country if the Federal Government fails to settle their entitlements.
NUEE General Secretary, Comrade Joe Ajaero, who this in Jos yesterday, said the union has uncovered a plot by the government to use the military to eject its members from office, warning that “any station the Federal Government moves in with force, without settling labour issues, should be shutdown.
“We have been patient enough and we cannot continue to be patient while they are driving us to the grave. I am saying that enough of this provocation,” stressing that no amount of “military presence will make us to abandon our entitlement, because it is not by power or might. We are not going to get there with gun or knife, but the soldiers will be there and there will be darkness in this country.
“They have even written letters, when they come with those military men. Unfortunately, those signing those letters are not the people that employed you; I told them that one has legal implication.”
Ajaero said that PHCN staff were yet to receive their pension component, saying it was unfortunate that the public is being misinformed that PHCN staff have been paid about N400billion entitlements they are being owed.
Ajaero, who is also the Deputy National President of Nigeria Labour Congress said, the government spent $11billion in constructing the power plants and $16billion was spent on the same power plants during the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, but unfortunately the power plants were sold for $3billion.
Also speaking the Secretary of NUEE North-East zone, Anthony Sule, said, “As I speak to you, I cover North-East zone, no worker in both Jos Zonal Office and Jos Business Unit has been paid, incidentally Jos Business Unit is about the largest in this zone, all the other business units of Benue, Gombe and Bauchi there are still pockets of payments left undone.
Information from The Nation was used in this report.