Labour Union Workers under the auspices of United Labour Congress (ULC), Trade Union Congress ( TUC), National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Senior Staff of Electricity And Allied Company, SSAEAC, stormed the Enugu office of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, Monday, to protest arbitrary and crazy billing, load rejection, lack of metres for customers, intimidation and harassment of workers, lack of job security for workers, etc.
The deputy president of the union, Comrade Omohne, who spoke to BuzzNigeria, said the Labour Union in coalition with SSAEAC and NUEE
are protesting on behalf of EEDC workers, Enugu office (Zonal corporate area) customers, and the ordinary masses of Enugu state.
“We are in Enugu in coalition with the Senior Staff Association of Electricity And Aligned Company, SSAEAC members, Trade Union of Nigeria, TUC and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to protest on behalf of EEDC workers, Enugu zone corporate area customers, and the ordinary masses of this area against arbitrary and crazy billing, load rejection, lack of metres for customers, intimidation and harassment of workers, lack of job security for workers among other issues contained in the flyers we are distributing.”
“We believe that every Nigerian should join in this action for us to make EEDC give Nigerians light, respect workers right and stop sacking people indiscriminately, give people meter.
“To make Emeka Offor, know this company is not his own but is partly owned by Nigeria.”
The union has accused EEDC Chairman, Emeka Offor of turning the electricity company into an exclusive preserve of Oraifite indigenes against other clans and people from Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Imo and Ebonyi states.
The President of the Union, addressing hundreds of protesters gathered at the busy Okpara Avenue where the headquarters of the EEDC is located, which are seen carrying placards with various inscriptions such as; “No Meter for Customers” “Arbitrary And Crazy Billing” “We Cannot Pay More For Darkness” “Stop Estimated Billing”, “Anti-Labour Policies” “Stop Intimidating And Harassing Workers With Security Agencies” etc, said the Labour Union has written to the authorities of the company calling for talks to address issues but that the company has turned deaf ears to their numerous pleas.
He also added that the protest will begin tomorrow in other states where EEDC covers. He added:
“This number you are seeing here today will triple tomorrow. This same thing will happen in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and everywhere.
“By tomorrow both the students and other groups would be here. These are Nigerians that are exploited. They don’t give them electricity, they collect their money, they don’t give them meters.
“You can not keep collecting money from people when you don’t give them electricity and meter, and you tell us to go home because you want to shoot us.
“I wrote to the IG of Police the before coming here. The security officials have promised they wouldn’t molest anybody.
“The MD here says he is not authorised to speak with us.”
All effort by our correspondents to speak to the manager in charge of the Enugu office of the company proved abortive as we were prevented from going in by the security.