The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc head office was seen shut down Monday morning by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for non-compliance with the laid down procedure of NLC guidelines.
National Vice President of the NLC, Musa Ayisa, said, the shut-down of the company’s headquarters became necessary when the company refused to work according to the Labour Law in the area of conditions of service.
He warned that, if the owners of the company are not ready to comply with the NLC guidelines – such as workers’ welfare, which also covers hazard of the staffs – they will have no alternative other than to impose sanction on the company.
While addressing workers during the protest on the current low voltages and indiscriminate increase of electricity billing system with poor enumeration of the staffs, Ayisa stressed that the disparity of salary payment amongst workers of the organization had given them a great concern to intervene on their (workers’) plight.
He said the state chapter of NLC in conjunction with the national body of the union is aimed towards repositioning the sector for better productivity.
Also speaking, Assistance National Secretary-General of NUEE, Comrade Sule Anthony John, said the protest was to appeal to federal government to reverse the sale of PHCN to individuals, who are exploiting citizens of Nigeria.
Inscriptions on placards being carried in the protest were: “privatization is evil,” “NUEE, say no to sack of workers without salary,” “disparity of salary is evil,” “workers have family dependants” and “JED are exploiting us,” respectively.
Comrade John said they want to inform the world what is happening with the current privatization of PHCN in Nigeria where there is epileptic supply of power. The shutdown of the Jos Electricity Distribution PLc headquarters includes: Jos, Benue, Bauchi and Gombe.
The NLC leadership also complained that the problem of poor distribution has affected the small-scale businesses and household consumption.