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Electricity Workers Threaten To Shut Down Power, Nationwide



Epileptic power supply across the country could get worse if electricity workers under the auspices of Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) go ahead with their threat to ground the entire power structure in the country to a halt.

The threat follows alleged administrative irregularities and lack of staff promotions to members of the association by the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Speaking during the picketing of the TCN premises yesterday in Abuja, the workers called for the sack of the TCN’s managing director, Usman Mohammed.

Speaking during the picketing, Umar Abubakar, general secretary, SSAEAC, alleged the MD single handedly conducted examinations for staff due for promotion without recourse to input from other management staff.

The protesters said efforts by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, and his counterpart in the ministry of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, to intervene in the matter, proved abortive as Mohammed failed to turn up in several meetings arranged by stakeholders.

The general secretary said, “Our grievances stem from the fact that the MD on his own singled out promotion exercise and started to conduct it in his own way through the aid of consultants, that to us is not the ideal process.

“The motive is that he is not prepared to promote any staff, especially those who are due and most qualified for promotion, he probably wants to pick people who are his boys and who will be loyal to him, that is our suspicion.”



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