Lagos, Nigeria — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 16 November 2011 – Workers in the Nigerian power sector operating under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Workers today accused the federal government of large scale corruption, saying its proposed privatisation exercise was a grand ploy to rip -off the country.
The workers, who barricaded the entrance to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in Lagos State yesterday, said the action had become necessary to correct the anomalies in the system, which they claimed were partly responsible for the nation’s perennial electricity power crises.
Speaking with “Leadership” at the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company located in Alausa, in the Ikeja area of Lagos, the chairman of the National Union of Electricity Workers, Lawal Adewale, said the union, in conjunction with the senior staff association, had embarked on the struggle to compel the federal government to reverse some policies.
He added: “We see a case of corruption and an attempt by certain people in authority to sell cheaply to themselves in the proposed privatisation exercise by the federal government.
Adewale, flanked by other teeming workers, said they had engaged in a frenzy of prayers to turn things around in the seemingly ailing company, adding that the federal government had also stationed military personnel at the various power stations to intimidate and harass them out of jobs.