Workers’ protest disrupts activities at Afam power station

Oct 14, 2010

PORT HARCOURT— ACTIVITIES were disrupted, yesterday, in Afam part of Rivers State, as hundreds of staff of the Afam Power station of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, trooped to  the streets, protesting  against  what they  said was the delay on the part of the Federal Government to pay  their monetisation arrears owed them since 2003.

Chairman and Secretary, respectively, of the Afam chapter of National Union of Electricity Employees, Mr Everestus Anozie and Uche Nnaji, said the Federal Government had been selective in the payment of the arrears, an action they said contravened labour laws in the country.

The workers, also spoke against the proposed privatisation of PHCN, saying it would worsen the harsh realities of the common man in the country. Some of the placards they carried read, ”Federal Government please pay us monetisation in full”, “Privatisation should not be driven for personal interest”, “ Only ten percent out of 400 privatised firms in Nigeria are functioning at optimal level”, “Privatisation, where is AP, Transcorp, Daily Times, NAFCON, ALSCON?”, among others.

The protesters, who also called on the Federal Government to provide PHCN with the necessary equipment needed for efficient power supply, assured that if government does so, the power situation would improve in the country.

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