Ikeja Electric Plc has appealed to the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) to embrace dialogue over the on-going picketing of her offices across Lagos.
The exercise which is necessitated by the claim of NUEE of disengagement of about 40 members of staff, have forcibly shut down operations at the offices thereby resisting access to IE personnel and customers who have attempted to gain access to the offices.
Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has warned that the persistent of this action may throw millions of homes under its network into discomfort of extended darkness as members of the National Union of Electricity Employees have laid siege at the Company Headquater in Alausa Ikeja and all its other offices across Lagos.
While IE had claimed that the recent separation of staff, was due to varying actions which are not in furtherance of the overall company objectives.
And also noted that the protest is coming in the heels of the promotions of about 300 employees last week and the recruitment of over 500 new employees in the past one year. The promotion exercise cut across all cadres of staff, including members of the respective Unions in the organization.
Speaking on the development, Head Corporate Communications Felix Ofulue, questioned the motive for embarking on the protest which he described as self serving.
“When NUEE chooses to cripple socio-economic activities of over a million households, for issues that can be resolved through dialogue, one then wonders if the motives are as selfless as they claim.
How do you plunge a country’s commercial nerve center into darkness because of a few of your members who have been separated from the business for cogent reasons, is really appalling. It’s an abuse of privilege to picket.” he said.
He further apologized to customers for the disruption of service by NUEE and promised that they will continue to work with stakeholder to ensure that the company continues to improve and provide quality service to our customers”.
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