THE National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has issued a two-week ultimatum to the management of the Egbin Power Plant in Ikorodu, Lagos, to rehabilitate the vandalised staff quarters or risk a shutdown of the plant. Joe Ajaero, secretary general of the union, stated this after viewing the extent of the damage done by hoodlums, who were allegedly sent to the quarters where former employees and retirees of the plant reside.
During the picketing of the company on Wednesday, October 7, to mark the World Decent Work Day, he said the maltreatment of workers in the country should not be condoned. He said, “We will stop the evacuation of power from Egbin and there will be about 1,000 megawatts shortfall in power supply. Nigerians should hold the management of Sahara Energy responsible for the darkness in the land.”
Ajaero said the management of the power plant claimed that they had bought the staff quarters, staff schools, staff clinic and the surrounding vacant land measuring about 600 acres. “It may interest the public to know that these properties are non-core assets that were not sold along with the power plant to Egbin Power Plant Plc, Ajaero said.
Residents of the staff quarters had lamented that about 50 hoodlums invaded the premises after cutting electricity supply to the buildings, removed the roofs, destroyed property, beat and injured occupants who stood in their way.
According to one of the affected residents, Victoria Omonijo, the military officers stationed at the power plant turned a blind eye when the hoodlums were carrying out their nefarious acts but beat the occupants when they tried to salvage their property. They alleged that the hoodlums were led by Victor Udom, head, corporate services, Egbin Power Plc, and other administrative staff.
— Oct 19, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT