Abuja - The Nigeria Union of Electricity
Employees (NUEE) on Tuesday in Abuja protested poor remuneration and welfare by
the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
Mr Isaac Abegye, Deputy President, Northern Zone of the
union, said the privatisation of the sector had brought untold hardship to the
"Our workers are not properly taken care of, they are
collecting peanuts as salaries compared to when we were in PHCN.
"The casualisation of workers that we fought against is
being brought back and people are collecting N50, 000 and others are collecting
"No, medical care is not there, workers are using their
bare hands to work, no tools, no materials.
"Vehicles are not there and ladders are being carried on
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"It is deadly; it is dangerous; we are in pains.
"As workers of this organisation, we have spoken:
Abegye said that it was imperative for the Federal
Government to review the privatisation policy.
According to him, government must not turn a blind eye to
the issues affecting workers and the country as a whole.
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"Nigerians are losing their jobs on daily basis because of
privatisation, experienced workers are being thrown out of their jobs.
"Where mediocre people are being brought in, who are merely
consultants, collecting money and paying peanuts; that is what is happening. ''
Also speaking, Mr Temple Iworima, the Zonal Organising
Secretary of the union, urged the Federal Government to call the management of
the company to order.
"AEDC workers, we are like slaves in our Father land, and
we came out this morning to say` enough is enough’.
"Giving them warning, that if this thing continues, we will
shut down, there will not be light in the FCT.
"But for today, we just want to lock all the gates in AEDC,
just to show solidarity we do not want this; there is no way our people will be
He alleged that some of the equipment procured by the
company were substandard, adding that the situation resulted in the death of
workers on high tension cables.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workers
who were protesting carried placards with various inscription such as "Enough
is enough''; "AEDC correct disparity of salaries among your employees now''; "We say no to retrenchment, disengagement under any guise''.Others include "AEDC, do not turn us to slaves
in our father's house'', "Ghost workers are paid in millions, while hard
working staff are paid N50.000'', among others.