Another nationwide blackout looms as workers threaten to shut down the national grid again

Written by Ade

Another round of nationwide blackout seems round the corner as the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has threatened to shut down the national grid if the Federal Government fails to honour its demands soon again.

Dukat Ayuba, the Zonal Organizing Secretary, North West of NUEE, in an interview, stated that the two-week ultimatum given to resolve the crisis has elapsed and noted that while the negotiation is ongoing, the shutting down of the national grid still hangs.

Ayuba explained that the privatisation of the sector was a scam because nine years after being taken over by investors, nothing has changed.

“That was why we kicked against privatising the distribution sector because the investors don’t have the capacity and expertise. As committed Nigerians, we advised the government against it. But the government was hell-bent on 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 replace this obsolete equipment but nothing has been done,” Ayuba said.

He stated that the country still generates 5,000 megawatts of electricity, the same units that were generated before privatization.

“We now generate megawatts with higher tariffs. Bringing hardships to the homes of millions of Nigerians. This will only happen in Nigeria,” he said.

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