By Victor Ahiuma-Young

ABUJA—THE two unions in the nation’s electricity industry, National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, and its Senior
Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, have handed down a 14-day to the Federal Government and the management of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, to pay their members monetisation arrears,  balance of the negotiated 150% salary increase and regularise the employment of over 10,000 casual/contract workers in PHCN to avoid a shut down of the industry.

In the ultimatum dated July 12, leaders of NUEE and SSAEAC threatened to throw the entire nation into total darkness by July 25, should the government and the management of PHCN fail to address all the three issues raised.

The ultimatum contained in a petition to the Managing Director/Chief Executive of PHCN, tilted, Enough is Enough: 14 Days Ultimatum, and signed by Comrades Joe Ajaero and Bede Opara, General Secretary of NUEE and President-General of SSAEAC, respectively, said in part: “We are totally bewildered by the lack of sincerity of purpose that has characterised your management’s handling of the underlisted issues.

“Payment of monetisation arrears, non-payment of balance of the negotiated 150% salary increase and regularisation of all casual/contract appointments. We are amazed and deeply saddened that four (4) weeks after the agreed date, the situation has remained static.”

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