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Privatization: We ‘ll not succumb to intimidation, PHCN workers tell FG

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA—The National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has warned that it will not succumb to alleged intimidation from government and its agents over the union’s resistance to the privatization of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN.

The union described the privatization process as a conduit pipe to divert the nation’s money into the hands of the private sector and equip a few people for the purpose of rigging elections.

In a press statement yesterday, the NUEE demanded to know why the 25 companies licensed since 2005 have failed to commence building power stations as expected.

The union’s Assistant General Secretary (North-West), Comrade Moses Amedu and Vice President, Comrade Ali Mshelinga, signed the statement which also noted that it is unfortunate that government is apparently helpless in investigating the $16 billion that former President Olusegun Obasanjo mismanaged in the guise of improving the power sector in the country.

“Nigerians should say no to privatization of the PHCN as government is considering privatization along regional lines and we will resist any attempt either covertly or overtly to intimidate or molest the union’s leadership.


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