*raises alarm of attacks, malicious propaganda on its leaders .
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Worried by the unstable power supply in the country, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) on Monday, called on the Federal Government to without wasting time, reverse the privatisation of the power sector.
Addressing a press conference in Ibadan through its Assistant General Secretary, Western Zone, Comrade Modupeoluwa Akinola alerted of alleged attacks and malicious propaganda against the union leaders by agents of new business owners of the power sector in the country over their opposition to the privatization.
Comrade Akinola emphasized that apart from the fact that the privatization of the power sector has failed and that it has negative consequences on both workers and members of the public.
He maintained that NUEE had prior to the privatisation of the power sector, kicked against it as it will always seek to protect and defend the profit interest of the business owners against the general interest of the people.
“Power privatisation has failed. We of the Electricity workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, Western zone decide to organise this press conference to draw the attention of the general public to the age long position of our great union on the privatisation of the power sector, its attendant consequences and the basis for an unrelented defense and protection of members of our union”, he said.
The NUEE Assistant General Secretary added, “Our union rejects the planned privitisation of the TCN, demands a full renationalisation of the power sector under a democratic control of a board that includes the representatives of workers and consumers and holds that no amount of intimidation, falsehood including misrepresentation of facts can deterred us from continuing to express our opposition to the privatisation of the power sector in defense of the interest of our members and the people”.
“Gentlemen of the press, it will interest you to know that, prior to the eventual privatisation of the power sector in 2013, our union was at the forefront of several agitations and campaign which include street protests, town hall meetings, symposia and picketings organised by mass of Nigerian people to stop and halt the then move for the privitisation exercise.
” Our opposition to the privatisation policy was informed by our understanding and conviction that privatisation will always seek to protect and defend the profit interest of the business owners against the general interest of the people for affordable and regular electricity.”
He maintained further , ” this has no doubt been confirmed by the daily agony and pain being experienced by the our members and Nigeria people since privatisation of the power sector over 9 years ago”.
On the attacks and malicious propaganda against the union leaders, he alleged agents of new business owners of the power sector in the country of been behind it as a result of the union opposition to the privatization of the nation’s power sector.
” It is in the bid to ensure that electricity workers are perpetually kept under this kind of unfortunate slavery working condition that forms the background for all the recent attacks and malicious propangada waged by agents of new business owners of the power sector and their representatives in government against the current leadership of our Union” .
He noted, ” the game plan is to discredit the union leadership and blackmail them into submissions and prostration so as to ensure that the union is devoid of the kind of its current leadership which always ready and willing to conduct a determined and courageous struggles in defence and protection of the rank and file members.”