Workers at the Transmission Company of Nigeria on Wednesday vowed to maintain stiff resistance against the move by the Trade Union Congress to shutdown the electricity transmission arm of the country’s power sector. It was observed on Wednesday at the headquarters of the TCN in Abuja that employees of the transmission company had been on the alert since Monday after members of the TUC stormed the various offices of the TCN in many parts of the country to halt operations at the firms.
The Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, TCN Branch, Abidemi Dairo, told our correspondent that although he and some other employees of TCN sustained injury during the picketing of their office by TUC members, workers at the transmission company would not be deterred in resisting plans to halt power transmission. “Yes, I was injured when they (TUC) came to picket our headquarters as well as other stations on Monday. But what I want you to know is that we will continue to mount stiff resistance to such actions that aim to shutdown our operations,” he said. The National President of TUC, Bobboi Kagama, had led members of the union to picket the transmission company in Abuja on Monday.
Kagama stated that the labor union decided to shut down the country’s transmission company because for some time now, workers of the firm had been subjected to inhumane treatment by their management. He stated that despite the interventions of labor, the TCN management had continued to disregard the Nigerian workers at the firm, adding that the TUC would not accept such unwholesome acts against staff by the transmission company. The TUC alleged that the Managing Director of TCN, Usman Mohammed, was an agent of foreign donors and on a mission to wind down the transmission company’s operation as a government-owned firm by planning to downgrade and reduce the number of regions of the company. He said it was on that note that the TUC directed its members to solidarize with the workers and ensure a total shutdown of electricity transmission across the federation through the picketing of TCN offices nationwide on Monday.