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Food union wants ban on generator importation

By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ASABA—ORGANISED Labour in the nation’s food and beverage industry, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan, to ban the importation of generators into the country as part of his government’s effort to enure stable power supply in the country.

Workers under the umbrella of National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees, NUFBTE, weekend in Asaba, Delta State, at their 31st National Executive Council, NEC, meeting, also urged the Federal Government to  compel the multinational companies, especially in the petroleum industry to generate power as part of their social responsibilities.

Addressing the NEC meeting, President of NUFBTE, Mr Lateef Oyelekan, who lamented that those importing generators were sabotaging efforts at sustainable power in the country, called on both the Federal and State Governments to provide a conducive environment for business to thrive in the country.

According to him, “there is no doubt that our industry like other sectors of the economy is really under the weight of harsh operating environment. We call on both the Federal and State Governments to provide conducive environments for business to flourish.

“The starting point is that the government should concentrate more effort on power generation because electricity is the key to any sustainable industrial growth. If there is stable electricity, money spent on generators and diesel will be used for expansion and the fall-out will be more jobs for Nigerians.”

“We believe that those importing generators are part of those sabotaging the power industry,” he said.

We call on government to ban the importation of generating sets and give support to state government to generate electricity.


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