The House of Representatives has resolved to intervene in the crisis between the Federal Government and workers in the power sector. The House, at the plenary on Wednesday, resolved that the leadership should intervene in the crisis within 24 hours to avert the strike. This was based on the unanimous adoption of a motion titled, ‘Urgent Need for the Federal Government to Interface with the Managements of Electricity Companies and the National Union of Electricity Employees to avoid impending electricity blackout.’
The parliament urged the Federal Government to direct the Ministers of Power, Saleh Mamman; and Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige, to amicably resolve all issues as raised by NUEE. The House further directed the Committees on Power and Labour to, respectively, “invite the ministers of Power, Labour, Employment and Productivity; (Acting) Director-General of the National Pension Commission (Aisha Dahir-Umar); and the heads of the various GENCOS and DISCOS to investigate the allegations against the companies and report back to the House in two weeks.”
Before the Deputy Minority Leader, Mr. Toby Okechukwu, moved the motion, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who presided over the session, noted that the motion was to be moved by the Deputy Minority Leader was a good example of a motion of urgent national importance.
Following the adoption, Gbajabiamila asked the relevant committees to write the ministers, workers and other stakeholders to appear at a hearing scheduled for 2pm on Thursday.