A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Electricity workers cannot go on strike -Nnaji

20 August 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – NIGERIA’s Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji, said it is illegal for electricity workers to go on strike.

Embarking on a strike, the minister said on Saturday, will be unconstitutional and a violation of the laws of the land.

“They are not supposed to go on strike because electricity is an essential service and it is in the law as well and the Supreme Court has even ruled on it to further clarify that workers of the electricity sector are not supposed to go on strike,” he said, accusing the electricity workers of being selfish.

The labour unions however say the federal government has been inconsiderate in its approach to issues raised by the workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

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  • Prof Barth Nnaji must understand that while that may be the law, some laws become very difficult to uphold where the very same government charged with upholding it loses the moral platform necessary to compel compliance. Government must eschew the lack of consideration is has been accused of by electricity workers. Although this government may claim that whatever went wrong did not occur under its watch, but the government must take responsibility for the actions of previous governments because governance is a continuum.

  • God bless U Prof Barth Nnaji, light dey try 4 our side