The Industrial Global Union and Textile Workers Union have continued to cry for the reversal of the privatisation of the Nigerian power sector. While speaking yesterday in Abuja, the Vice President, Industrial Global Union and General Secretary of Textile Workers Union, Comrade Issa Aremu called on the Federal Government to listen to the plea of the organised labour and the privatisation of the power sector in Nigeria.
Comrade Aremu went on to insist that the government should apologise to the National Union of Electricity Employees, who had kicked against the privatisation, insisting that it would not work.
Presenting his paper at the 2017 Africa Industrialisation Day Policy Dialogue organised by Industrial Global Union, in Abuja, Comrade Aremu, said the planned Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) by the Federal Government to restructure the 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) and take over any DisCo found to be insolvent has vindicated labour that Nigeria was not ripe for privatisation.
Aremu, who emphasized that there can be no industrialisation without electricity, stated that the government should therefore cancel all the privatisation, since it had realised that it is not working
He said, “There can be no industrialisation without electricity. It was just announced that the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) recently developed by the Federal Government and the World Bank to revive Nigeria’s ailing power sector, has come up with an action plan for the sweeping restructuring of the 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) that would enable government to take over any DisCo found to be insolvent.
“The Federal Government should apologise to the NUEE for returning to the warning that Nigeria was not ripe for privatisation. While we await the details of the action plan, Federal Government should listen to organised labour and cancel the privatisations all together.”
According to him, the textile industry in Nigeria can produce uniforms for police, customs and children rather than going to China.