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Labour pledges commitment to sustainable power supply …Harps on improved technologies

Victor AHIUMA-YOUNG


ORGANISED Labour in the nation’s electricity industry, under the umbrella of Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, has pledged the commitment of members towards improving significantly, the power infrastructure in generation, transmission, distribution with the aim of improving the power supply situation in the country.

SSAEAC also called on government to keep the industry abreast with the changing technologies in the sector, saying the industry is entirely technology based, .there is no doubt that, the crises of today arose from the inabilities to keep pace with the changing technologies.

President-General of SSAEAC, Comrade Bede I Opara, at retreat on Agenda Setting, held in Markurdi, Benue state, lamented that the electricity industry is today at a crossroads and that the need for change has never been felt at any other time than now.

According to him: “We shall, leading the way and working in concert with our members across the country, work tirelessly to improve significantly, the power infrastructure in generation, transmission, distribution and by so doing, improve significantly also, the power supply position. We shall take the front sit in the setting of performance targets and standards, as well as cooperate with management to set parameters for performance evaluation. It shall also be a major concern to us, the need to continually review existing standards in line with developments in the global electricity power production environment, and marry same with developments at home, to ensure that existing performance standards are sustained and indeed surpassed. We urge the management of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN and those of the allied companies, as well as government at the three tiers, to take a new look at the electric power industry in Nigeria, and act in the most pragmatic manner, to join forces with SSAEAC, in the new partnership we propose. We shall build a platform of industrial peace and harmony, through cooperation and understanding, with all stakeholders in the electricity power supply industry. And we shall, from this platform reach out at all times, to management, sister unions, government and the public in a new partnership for change.”

On the role of government in sustainable power supply, Comrade Opara, outlined for major responsibilities of government to include: “A Planned and Forward Looking Manpower Plan that is ever equipped to provide a formidable workforce, made-up of the best there can be, in knowledge, skills and the spirit to work for the common good. And we are talking of technical and non-technical workforce, at the junior, senior and management staff levels. A Humane Programme of Personnel Policies and Practice; an enabling environment that brings the best out of the workforce, such that the two sides of industry are seen to work in an atmosphere of sustained industrial peace and harmony. A Planned and Sustained Programme of Corporate Social Responsibility, that presents PHCN and indeed the entire electricity industry in good light and elicits at all times, the goodwill and cooperation of the people we serve, for it is only in this situation that the best in us can be demonstrated. A Planned and Sustained Programme of Initiation and Management of Change, our industry is entirely technology based, and technology changes today and indeed in the future, with the speed of light, for there is no doubt that, the crises of today arose from the inabilities of yesterday, to keep abreast and follow the rhythm and momentum of change.”

“We shall, in the same spirit of peace and harmony cooperate with officials of government, to carryout the desired reforms in the industry, while at all times keeping an eye on the goals, aspirations and indeed die overall interests of our members. In specific terms, we shall encourage the conclusion of the unbundling process, but that shall be on terms already agreed and the changes that may be required as the process of transition progresses. This leadership that it has pleased God to give me, is poised to and will do every positive thing possible, to ensure that government exits PHCN, on terms favorable to all parties, before the end of its tenure and this we shall achieve through Responsible Engagement made possible by Corporate Diplomacy. But keeping our interests in focus shall not make us self-seeking and selfish, for we are aware and shall continue to remind ourselves, that our interests are intertwined with those of our partners in progress.”


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