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Labour bars Power Minister from PHCN installations

By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ORGANISED labour in the nation’s power sector has directed workers of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, to henceforth prevent  the Minister of Power,  Dr. Lanre Babalola, from gaining access into PHCN’s installations or premises for his perceived anti-workers’ posture.

Under the umbrella of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, labour is impressing it on workers of the organisation to ensure strict compliance with the directive, alleging that the Minister had been undermining the interest of workers because of his failure to deliver 6000 mega watts of electricity to Nigerians by December 31, 2009.

In a circular sent to all members entitled: “Resist the Power Minister now in PHCN premises,” General Secretary of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said: “We are constrained once more to call on you to resist the anti-progressive posturing of the Minister of Power, Dr. Lanre Babalola.

“It has, therefore, become very expedient to resist him entrance into any PHCN premises, installations/plants or business units until his mission to the power sector is made known to us.

“For brevity, please note that he has failed in the actualisation of 6,000 Megawatts he promised to deliver by December 2009 and has refused to tow the line of honour. He is much in a hurry to sell our national patrimony to his mentors and cabal. He lacks the engineering/technical know-how to fix the power Sector.

“He does not seem to know the difference between a year and nine months and three years as recommended by Dr. Rinwanu Lukman-led Power Sector Reform Committee which he was a member.”


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