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Government denounces violence by striking power workers

21 March 2016, 21:01

Abuja - The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has condemned the attack on officials in the ministry by striking electricity workers in Abuja on Friday.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry (Power), Louis Edozien, and other top officials were assaulted by some members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) while trying to move into a new office of the ministry located at Zambezi Crescent, Maitama District.

The Director of Press in the ministry, Timothy Oyedeji, said while protesting was a right to workers, the attacks were unwarranted.

“Government, particularly this administration, is in full support of the legitimate rights of Nigerian workers to peacefully organize and advocate for better working conditions but those legitimate rights should not be denigrated by those who wish to exploit them to engage in criminal misconduct, or affront on the authority of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

Also read: Troubled electricity workers picket IKEDC

He expressed hope the culprits would be brought to book.

A report of the incident has been submitted to the Inspector General of Police.

The workers are involved in a standoff with government over payment.

Oyedeji however pointed out that the government had complied with its obligations under the agreement it entered into with unions in 2012 and had paid off more than 46 000 workers, or 98 percent of them, at a total cost of N393 billion.

“The attack therefore is unwarranted and criminal and has been reported to the law enforcement agencies for investigation and prosecution,” Oyedeji stated.

- CAJ News

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