Electricity workers protest in Ondo
The Nigeria Electricity Workers Union (NEWU) in Ondo State began yesterday a seven-day protest over fixed electricity charges.
NEWU Chairman Samson Adeladun described the fixed charges by electricity distribution companies as “exploitative”.
Adeladun said fixed was an attempt to rob the masses, adding: “The fixed charges levied on the people by the various electricity distribution companies are ways to rob the people, whether they supply them power or not. Such fees should be abolished.”
Adeladun decried the non-payment of terminal dues to workers laid off by the defunct PHCN as earlier agreed.
The workers sang war songs and carried placards reading: “No more fixed charges”; “Pay us our entitlements”; “Funke Osibodu must go” and “no to tyranny”.
The protesters barricaded the road leading to the state secretariat, despite the heavy presence of security men.
Many observers complained about epileptic power supply and outrageous bills.
The Akure office of the Benin Electricity Development Company (BEDC) was locked during the protest.
None of the officers responded to phone calls put through to them.
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