Stakeholders threaten to close down hydroelectric dams in Niger State, give 21 days ultimatum

Some strain teams in Niger State have vowed to close down the three HydroElectric Dams within the state in 21 days, if the Abuja Electrical Distribution Firm, AEDC, fails to supply 24 hours electrical energy and Pre-Paid Meters to customers.

The teams embody the state Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Commerce Union Congress, TUC, Youth teams, Non secular leaders in addition to Affiliation of Industrial Bike and Riders of Nigeria, ACCOMORON.

Talking to Journalists shortly after assembly with the stakeholders in Minna, the chairman Home Committee on Labour and Productiveness, Hon. Malik Madaki, representing Bosso Constituency mentioned the Committee has met with the related stakeholders on the ability scenario within the state and made choices regarding the energy points.

He mentioned it was agreed that AEDC should earlier than the expiration of the three weeks ultimatum provide electrical energy and Pre-Paid Meters to the residents or needs to be able to face mass protest by customers.

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He mentioned the AEDC might be communicated formally on the choice taken on the problem.

The lawmaker decried the scenario the place states throughout the nation get pleasure from sufficient energy provide, whereas the host state, Niger is struggling.

“The AEDC should restore energy for 24 hours and provides us Pre-Paid Meters or we might be pressured to protest and shut down the three dams. So, that Nigerians will really feel what we’re feeling within the state”

Malik additional reasoned, “We’re not even alleged to pay for electrical energy as a result of we host the dams and supply safety for the corporate to do enterprise peacefully. deny us energy, we’ve technique of getting it.

Additionally, the state Chairman TUC, Yunusa Tanimu mentioned customers of electrical energy within the state have been affected person and would henceforth, now not settle for the remedy being given to them by AEDC.

The state TUC chief mentioned, “all we’re saying is they need to give us meters or we’ll take drastic motion in opposition to the ability firm. We, the related stakeholders have met and brought our determination.”

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Equally, the chief of the Youths, Bello Sherif mentioned youths within the state are uninterested in the sunshine scenario and ready to hitch within the mass protest.

“The youths are largely affected by the electrical energy problem within the state and that’s the reason we’re able to mobilize the over 2.5 million youths in Niger State to the dams. We’re drained, the scenario is affecting our companies.”

Denying complaints by AEDC that Nigerlites don’t pay for providers rendered, he mentioned,” the corporate is mendacity. It isn’t able to do enterprise in Niger State. It ought to give you methods to get its cash. Ask MTN, will the corporate say we’re not paying? So, AEDC ought to give you methods of recouping its cash.”

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