House summons Ministers, PenCom over electricity employees strike

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigerian House of Representatives has summoned the Ministers of Power and Labour as well as the Director-General of Pensions Commission, over threats by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees(NUEE) to shut down power plants in the country.

The House summoned the trio, following a motion of urgent National importance on threats by National Union of Electricity Employees to shut down activities in the Power Sector.

Leading the debate, Mr. Toby Okechuwku sponsor of the motion stressed the need for the government to immediately interface with the management of electricity companies and the National Union of Electricity Employees to avoid impending electricity blackout.

He said the workers under the auspices of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) had accused the Ministry of Power of failing to respond to their 21 day strike ultimatum which expired on the 10th of December 2019.

Mr. Peter Akpatason expressed worry “Why agreements entered into with labor unions are not respected or implemented? Why nothing has been done by the ministers of Power and Labor since the ultimatum was issued? 

“It is unfortunate that Nigerians who lost their job due to the privatization of PHCN have not gotten their due benefits and I think those responsible for such evil situations must be sanction.”

The Deputy Minority Leader while expressing concern that if the threat is carried out, the whole country will be plunged in total blackout leading to economic losses, called on the  House leadership to intervene within 24 hours to avert the strike.

The House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu stressed the need for legislation that will guarantee quality and affordable electricity for Nigerians.

He expressed doubt if the transmission line on stream can evacuate the generated power and that the DISCOs can effectively distribute the available power.

Mr. Elumelu stressed the importance of averting the strike which would be disastrous to Nigerians socioeconomically.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who stressed the importance of the motion as the 21 days ultimatum given by the workers expires said if the strike goes on, the consequences can be best imagined than experienced.