Electricity worker’s union Says DisCos lack capacity to deliver on power supply
The worker’s union in the electricity sector, the National Union of Electricity Employers (NUEE) has faulted the privatisation of the power sector saying the process was fraudulent and condemended the recent hike in tariff.
According to the union, the increase in tariff cannot improve electricity supply since power generation is based on very expensive gas, noting that no single power plant ha being constructed in the last seven years.
NUEE General Secretary, Joe Ajaero, who spoke to journalists said the distribution companies (DisCos) are using the increment to exploit Nigerians without enjoying the service.
Ajaero noted that the distribution companies invested N400 billion in the power sector while Federal Government invested N1.7 trillion yet the government controls 40 percent equity while the operator controls 60 percent, saying it is fraudulent.
He said the DisCos signed the dubious contract, hence they keep charging Nigerians for their inefficiency.
The union leader said power generation as of today remains abysmal at 4,0000 megawatts (Mw) despite the increase in the Nigerian population.
“For instance, 90 percent of transformers supplied by the DisCos are overloaded with no relief plan and one of the agreement is to be changing transformers but because they want to maximize profit, they refuse to do so,” he said.
Ajaero, therefore, said privatisation policy is out to destroy the economy of the nation and to milk Nigerians, saying since the DisCos took over, nothing has changed.
According to him, it is a fraud for the government to charge Nigerians with the international rate when the country has no sources to generate power.
NUEE, therefore, plead with Nigerians not to pay for the inefficiency of the system. The union also charges the government to hand over the power sector to them for proper management.
The union also accused the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) of speaking for the investors and not Nigerians, saying until a people-oriented NERC takes over, things will remain the same.