From Joseph Asegba, Yola
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has recently shut down the Yola Electricity Development Company for alleged illegal termination of over 80 per cent of its workforce following its acquisition by Quest Electricity Nigeria Ltd.
Adamawa State NLC chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Fashe led the operation along with the Vice President of National Union of Electricity and Allied Employee (NUEE), Comrade Ojochide Aghata.
The duo, during their talks with the government, discovered that the process has not been completed before laying off the workers.
The NLC chairman said: “As a labour movement, we will not fold our arms while some people take the laws into their hands hence the new owners must follow due process.
“We have written letters to them which there was no response to and they even went ahead to increase the tariff by over 200 per cent.”
Also, Comrade Aghata said negotiations between the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) were still ongoing with the Quest management, saying: “hence we demand that the process should be followed to the latter so as to serve fairness and justice.”
On the development, the organized labour picketed YEDC over retrenchment of workforce and tariff increment.
Meanwhile, owners of Quest Electricity Nigeria Ltd and the organized labour were holding talks at the offices of the Directorate of State Security (DSS).
During the meeting at the DSS, organized labour and other parties yielded no results.