How privatisation of electricity has increased sufferings of Nigerian consumers: Stakeholders

*The Nigeria Labour Congress and speakers at the Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity (CARE) forum, in Oyo State, have lamented that some Nigerian youths and artisans have become jobless due to erratic power supply by the electricity Distribution Companies

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Comrade Kayode Martins, Chairman of the Oyo State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and other stakeholders in the power sector of the economy have related how privatisation of electricity has increased the sufferings of several Nigerians.

It was learnt Martins disclosed this while speaking at a public symposium organised by the Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity (CARE), at the weekend in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

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The NLC Chairman, who spoke at the event with the theme, “Privatisation of Electricity, Curse or Blessing”, was quoted to have stated that electricity privatisation would have a greater benefit to Nigerians particularly the artisans, if it was sold to the right people at the time.

According to Comrade Martins, privatisation was a blessing to those benefiting from the rottenness in the power sector of the economy, but adding to the suffering of the masses of the Nigerian people.

He lamented that some Nigerian youths and artisans have become jobless due to erratic power supply by electricity distribution companies.

Martin stated: “PHCN was not totally sold, government still has 40% stake, and government failed to play its own part.

“We are blessed with a lot of resources in this nation, power privatisation would have been a blessing if the management was committed to the right person, but it rather added to people’s suffering.”

In the same vein, Comrade Akinbodunse Shedrack, Convener of the Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity in Oyo State, also described privatisation of the power sector as a waste of money in the country.

He said that government was still pumping money into a system that is not yielding positive result.

Comrade Shedrack noted: “We were promised that every house in Nigeria will be metered within three months before the privatisation. Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commissions is one of the problems electricity consumers are having.”

Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye, a member of CARE, as well said that privatisation was alien to Nigerian constitution.

Bamigboye stated: “We are making efforts to bring things to normal. A symposium like this would help Nigerians to know their rights.

“There should be united force among the consumers so that this problem can be resolved.”

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