Godwin Jeddy-Agba who is the Minister of State for Power, has made a recent disclosure about the committee which has been set aside to handle the investigation as regards the shutdown of the national grid will be submitting a report by next week.

The Minister, had made this known when he had appeared before the House of Representatives Committee which had been in charge of investigating the frequent shutdown of the national electricity grid, said the union members may face sanctions if indicted by the committee.

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It would also be recalled that some of the workers under the agesis of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, and some of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC had shut down the national grid over an industrial dispute.

“The Ministry of Labour has been briefed effectively. By next week, we shall come up with the decision of that committee vis a vis holding who is responsible on that day for that very action,” the Minister stated while responding to a question by a member of the Power Committee, Sada Soli.

Soli had also asked if there would be consequences for shutting down the national grid.

In another report, dissatisfied with the recent agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has again made some new threats to completely shut down the national grid if the federal government of Nigeria failed to honour their demands.

The aggrieved workers had also revealed that the two weeks which had been given to resolve the crisis have also elapsed.

The zonal organizing secretary, North West of NUEE, Comrade Dukat Ayuba said that while negotiation is still ongoing, the shutting down of the national grid still hangs.

“The so-called privatization of the sector was a scam because 9 years after being taken over by investors nothing has changed,” they alleged.

“That was why, we kicked against privitazing the distribution sector because the investors don’t have the capacity and expertise. As committed Nigerians we advised government against it. But the government was hell-bent of doing so”.

” The investors are still operating with obsolete equipment dating back to 35, 40, and 50 years. One will expect that with the coming of the investors they will replaced this obsolete equipment but nothing has been done.

The union said the nation still generates 5,000 megawatts of electricity.


Africa Today News, New York

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