According to reports, the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) declared readiness on Monday to reveal challenges facing Nigeria’s power sector and how to solve them.
The association also said it would not relent until the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government listens to them. The union listed low fund collection by the Discos and non-supply of metres to consumers as part of the sector’s problems.
Mr Chris Okonkwo, newly-elected president of the union told newsmen in Lagos, during the handover ceremony of former president, Mr Bede Opara to him.
Okonkwo said the focus of his administration would be to ensure that the federal government is informed about the problems inhibiting the development of Power and how it would be solved.
“Our challenge is to make sure that the government knows the facts that are hidden from it, to ensure that the right thing is done. Our new administration has been talking to key government agencies, even on off-point issues, to know the facts on how to solve problems in the power sector. We shall use our knowledge to engage the president, ministers, and other stakeholders. We shall explain to the president low monetary collection by the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and the non-supply of meters, even when consumers have paid are also factors mitigating against the sector,’’ he said.
The new president said that the biggest challenge currently facing the sector was the after-effect of privatisation, which has failed to yield the expected results for the government.
He said that the intention for the privatisation was to free money for the government to invest in other areas and make the electricity sector more efficient.
He said that SSAEAC would focus on collaborating with the National Union of Electricity Employees, to achieve a peaceful power sector in Nigeria, devoid of crisis.
Okonkwo, however, noted that the success to achieve a peaceful power sector depended on the cooperation of management in the electricity sector.
He said managers of any organisation should see workers as partners in progress to achieve more benefits.