This Day (Lagos)

10 December 2012

Nigeria: NUEE Alleges Attempt to Transfer Union Officials

National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has alleged moves by the power ministry to either retire or transfer some union officials in the sector.

The union further lamented the issues of the regularised casual staff whose emoluments are yet to be conformed to the acceptable standard in the industry had not been addressed.

General Secretary of the union, Joe Ajaero, in a letter to the Acting Minister of Power said the move to transfer union officials was a deliberate attempt to create tension in the sector. He reminded the minister that since his assumption of office, he had not met with key stakeholders to discuss on how to move the sector forward.

The union scribe maintained that the union would continue to ensure that the rights, privileges and wellbeing of the workers are not compromised.

The letter reads: "We write to remind you that since your assumption of office as the Minister of State for Power, it has been an uphill task for you to meet with the key stakeholders as to getting insights in moving the sector forward. We then wonder whose interest you desire to project and protect. Our place is to ensure that the rights, privileges and wellbeing of the workers are not compromised, while the Nation continues to enjoy steady growth of electricity.

"From your approach so far; we are yet to observe a potent intent of improvement both on welfarism of workers and improved electric power services. No thanks to your romance with the expired officials. Please note that it has come to our knowledge, unholy moves by the Ministry to either retire or transfer some union functionaries in the sector; a deliberate move to create tension for you in the sector.

"Besides, the issues of the regularised casual staff whose emoluments are yet to be conformed to the acceptable standard in the industry are yet to be addressed. We cannot pretend that all is well when we are tilting towards imminent collapse. Without mincing words, we posit clearly our unfavourable disposition in working with you alongside some individuals in the ministry.

"We need to chart a new course, therefore the 'old wines' must be put off. We believe, we must move forward in the power sector and no individual(s) in the ministry should be bigger than this country", the letter added.

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