By Victor Ahiuma-Young
A coalition of civil society groups, Joint Action Forum, JAF, and organised labour have kicked against Federal Government’s planned privatisation of Power Holding Companies of Nigeria, PHCN, and said they would begin a mass protest and civil disobedience across the country to resist the policy on October 25.
At a briefing in Lagos, the groups argued that government privatisation of public assets had been used to destroy several public enterprises in the country in the last three decades.
They alleged that the scheme was designed by the presidency to hand over PHCN to the 20 private power companies that had been issued licenses since 2005, and yet none of them including Barth Nnaji’s owned Geometrics Power Ltd located in Aba, had so far not been able to add a single Megawatt of electricity to the national grid.
Speaking at an international conference organised to sensitise Nigerians on plans by Government to hand over PHCN to private investors yesterday, JAF’s Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Aremu called on Nigerians to join the progressive forces on the solidarity rally/protests to kick_start the resistance of the planned hand over of PHCN to Government stoogies that would further destroy the sector.