Protesting electricity workers threaten to throw S-South into darkness

The workers list their demands from PHEDC in this banner
The workers list their demands from PHEDC in this banner

Okafor Ofiebor/ Port Harcourt

Electricity workers have threatened to throw Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Cross River, the four states covered by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC into darkness if the management of the company refuses to yield to their demand for improvement in condition of service.

The workers are among others, asking the PHEDC management to sit down with them to fashion out and sign a proper condition of service for workers.

The aggrieved workers, under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, said this as they continued their picketing of offices of PHEDC which began yesterday across the four South-south states.

The General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, who led the labour leaders to picket the PHEDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, stated the Union will not sit idle and watch Nigerian workers being treated likes slaves in the 21st century.

The protesting NUEE workers

He warned that as long as the management of PHEDC reneges on the agreement with workers, the workers will stop the distribution of power, revenue collection and attending to Customers’ faults.

But speaking on behalf of the company, John Onyi, Public Relations Officers, PHEDC, assured that the management will enter into negotiation with the protesting workers/labour leaders with a view to meeting the demands of workers.

He promised to furnish journalists with the details of the resolutions at the end of the negotiations with the unions.

But  it was not clear if the management had started negotiating with workers as at the time of filing in this report.