NLC pickets electricity distribution companies in Kwara

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By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kwara state chapter, on Tuesday picketed offices of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEC) in the state over poor conditions of service by investors.
Its chairman, Comrade Faruq Akanbi, who led other members in carrying out the exercise, chased out workers of the company in Ilorin and other parts of the state.
Some of the business units under closure, as at Tuesday, were Adewole business unit, Asa Dam and Baboko business units, all in llorin, the state capital.

Akanbi told with newsmen in llorin that the Congress would continue its picketing in all the 14 electricity distribution companies across the country.
He said the picketing would continue until the federal government and the investors reached a compromise with workers of the company.

Akanbi, said the action was aimed at ensuring that all members of the union were free from the bondage of the investors and the federal government and make them work in conducive environments without any form of victimisation from the investors.
State chairman of National Union Electricity Employee (NUEE), Comrade Bamidele Okogbe, in his remarks, expressed dismay over the way the federal government and the investors were handling the issues.

He said the federal government and investors had failed to respond to the welfare of the workers, and lamented that many workers that had retired since 2010, were yet to receive their entitlements.
Okogbe said they had extended their picketing to other business units of electricity distribution companies in Ilorin metropolis.

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