The Officials of the Federal Ministry of Power has reacted to the 21-day warning strike issued by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) over the unpaid benefits to over 2,000 disengaged workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria since 2013.
The Ministry in the absence of the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman held a meeting to discuss the way forward.
Recall that the NUEE had earlier threatened to suspend all activities of the power generation and distribution companies in the country.
Meanwhile, the power generation and distribution companies seemed unperturbed by the NUEE ultimatum.
A director at the Federal Ministry of Power who pleaded anonymity said that “The ministry is looking into the issue to find a way forward. But the minister is not around at the moment. He is out of town. They (NUEE) said they had sent the letter to him.”
“However, while we await the minister’s return, we have been meeting here at the ministry concerning the issue and whatever is agreed upon shall be presented to the minister before the final decision is made public.”
Speaking with Punch, the Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, Joy Ogaji said the unpaid gratuity of workers was an issue to be handled by the BPE.
“The BPE should be the one handling this issue with the union after the sector was privatised,” she declared.