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Labour berates electricity companies over erratic power supply

UFOMBA UZUEGBU,  Asst News Editor

Labour, under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), has taken a swipe at the operators in the electricity generation and distribution companies in the country for buck-passing against the backdrop of their apparent inability to provide stable power supply to Nigerians, despite huge tariffs.
The union workers said in a statement that it was piqued by the ongoing press war between the three major players in the Power Sector chain: Generation Companies, GENCOs; Transmission Companies, Transyscos; and Distribution Companies, DISCOs; over their obvious failure to provide electricity to Nigerians.
In the signed  statement by NUEE’s General Secretary, Mr. Joe Ajaero,the workers  called for the setting up of a “Special Committee “ by the Federal Government to investigate the claims being made by the various Sub-Sectors in the electricity industry.
The statement said: “The power poverty in the country calls for great concern and immediate action to address the nagging problem instead of “buck-passing” by the various electricity companies.
“Nigerians are definitely tired of this blame-game, which has characterized the electricity companies after privatization. Constant Electricity is no doubt a pivot to achieving socio-economic development and as a nation that yearns for immeasurable advancement in this regard, government needs not fold its arms while the Sector continues to decay.
“Government should therefore caution the Gencos, Transyscos and Discos to stop the buck-passing and face the issue of efficient service delivery assiduously. It has therefore become necessary for a Special Committee to be set up by the Federal Government to investigate the claims being made by the various sub sectors in the electricity industry”.

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