Nationwide Blackout Looms As Electricity Workers Give FG 7-Days To Meet ASUU’s ‘Legitimate’ Demands

power-Holding-Company-of-Nigeria-PHCN-300x139In solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has given the Federal Government seven days to resolve the ongoing strike or face a total shut down of electricity facilities in the country.

This latest show of solidarity is coming on the heels of similar warnings given by the Nigerian union of Teachers, NUT, and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, which have both given indication that they will down tools if the strike is not resolved soon enough.

NUEE, while justifying its decision to cause nationwide blackout in solidarity with the striking varsity lecturers, said that it could no longer sit back and watch those in positions of authority destroy the future of young Nigerians, who have remained at home for weeks on account of the Federal Government’s refusal to meet the legitimate demands by ASUU.

General Secretary of NUEE, Mr Joe Ajaero, who spoke at a training workshop for labour leaders in the power sector in Enugu, said that electricity workers across the country would be directed to join other progressive labour unions “to shut down the country” as a way of showing their displeasure over the lingering face-off between the Federal Government and the academic staff.

“We can no longer sit back and watch this disturbing drama going on between the Federal government and ASUU.  If the strike is not addressed within the next one week, NUEE and other progressive unions will shut down the country,” Mr. Ajaero said.

“It is unfortunate that those in power are not bothered about the closure of the universities. They are less concerned because none of their children are studying in Nigerian universities.

“Their children are overseas just as they travel overseas for medical attention because they have allowed our hospitals to die. Whether our children are out of school or not they are not bothered but we are going to join our children to stay at home from next week.”

The union urged the National Assembly to make laws that will ban public office holders from sending their children and wards to study abroad just as foreign medical trips by public officers should also be outlawed to enable government address the numerous problems bedeviling the nation.

“Our public institutions are dead because those unpatriotic leaders have nothing to do with them but when they are banned from traveling overseas to access improved facilities, they will have no option than to look inward and address our numerous challenges,” he added.

– VANGUARD

12 Comments

  • Opposition welldone,you’re at work again in conjunction with the 7 pdp renegade governors,if you like shut down the country Nigeria will not be extint,fools money has defintely exchange hands.

  • @donjef or wat eva ur name is,nw i knw dat u ar intellectualy empty,u ar d symbol of failure,a nonentity,if u dnt knw wat 2say shurtup dat ur smellin mouth.dis is nt politic bt academic,dnt b sentimental.u and dat ur fool calld wike dnt av anytin 2 offer.pls i wl advice u grow up

  • Una try well well…. Una wan off light to deceive who? Aso rock get standby power all the big men sef get gen including una nepa oga dem… So Na who una wan punish?
    Una beta use una head leave the light wey we de use de c front as Asuu n FG nor de reason is oh… Bt I know say na 4 months strike right from the beginning…. So una de waste una tyme to off the light if una do am at all

  • .NUEE una do well..una won just complicate d suffernez of poor men like and i. Remember, u couldn’t go on strike 2 press home your from fg before and after the privatization of phcn but now you’re prepared to flex your muscle and fight for your neighbour who is more comfortable than you are.

  • Donjeff or whatever u call yourself I think if u don’t know what to say u better go and concentrate on your spare part bussiness.nice one nuee some are so myophic And clueless u brother or child migth be A victim

  • May God bless ur union.carry go all reasonable Nigerians are behind u.This is a useless govt who has no plan for our future leaders.They want to destroy well established academic institutions which they went through bearfooted becous their children cannot pass the PUTME hence they enrol them in private Universities. All of them go fall down from plane IJN.

  • It sounds so funny to my ears,off light then who will continue to suffer it if nt d poor masses,even when u guys were still dere (phcn) i dot feel ur impact,so off it n let mi rest,insteadin of doin d rite tin u adding salt to injury.

  • Laffs,who do u guys want to decieve(phcn),this is lyk d story of d isrealite n egyptains,red sea @ d front isrealites in d middle den d egyptains @ deir back bt d isrealites succeeded,daz God in action for u n so shall we truimph in christ holy name

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