By Evelyn Usman
ORGANISED labour yesterday issued a two-week ultimatum to the management of Egbin Power Plant to pay compensation to workers at its Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos station, whose property were allegedly lost or destroyed during forceful evacuation by the company last week.
On the platform of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Labour demanded that the company must, within the time frame, effect necessary repairs on damaged areas in the staff quarters, or it would stop the evacuation of power from Egbin station.
However, the Board of Egbin Power Plc, restated its commitment to carrying out its transformation and expansion programme on the plant to accelerate the nation’s drive towards sustainable power supply.
Chairman of Egbin Power Plc, Kola Adesina, explained that the recent Amber security alert declared by the management was unavoidable in light of security reports that linked illegal occupants on the facility with plans to disrupt operations and destroy property.
He said the undocumented residents had continued to occupy the plant’s housing estate illegally since the new management took over on November 1, 2013, a development he said was a huge setback to the housing needs and productivity of the company’s bona fide staff.
But leader of NLC Joe Ajaero, while protesting alleged brutalization of workers and damage to their property as part of the Decent Work Day celebration in front of Egbin Power station, said: “We are giving the company two weeks ultimatum to repair the quarters and make it habitable for the workers.”