Ikeja Electric has blamed Labour Unions for power outage witnessed by consumers living within its network over the picketing of its facilities.
The Electric distribution company said that power outage witnessed by its consumers could linger a bit longer if the disruptive protests continue while calling on Lagosians to resist attempts by Labour to sabotage power supply.
In a statement issued by the Ikeja Electric, Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, the company blamed the labour union for the poor supply of power currently being experienced by customers on its network is as a result of the inability of the company’s technical personnel to access Business Units, Undertakings Offices and sub stations following the barricading of entrances and exits of all operational locations within the Ikeja Electric Network.
Ofulue said Ikeja Electric had approached the National Industrial Court to intervene and in the filed suit (NICN/LA/228/2016 ), Ikeja Electric had secured a restraint barring “the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, their agents, officers, privies, representatives or otherwise, whether acting of their own accords or in concert with other bodies, persons or unions , from disrupting or shutting down the operations of the Company or barricading the entry and exit points of her Corporate Headquarters located at Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa Ikeja, or any other premises or location where the Company carries out commercial and (or) technical operations”.
He said that Ikeja Electric would seek further redress appropriately if the protesters refuse to stop obstructing access points at all Ikeja Electric locations.
Ofulue said that the appraisal exercise process was open to scrutiny as the protesting Labor union was silent about over 1000 union members who scaled through the process and are still in the employment of Ikeja Electric.
“Ikeja Electric is an equal opportunity employer. Our standard requirement is excellence. It is not a witch hunt, it is about performance. We recently hired excellent visually impaired customer service staff, so why would we just send out 229 staff. The argument of Labor is flawed, especially as over 1000 of their own members scaled the same process and are still working with the company till date.”
He however assured its consumers of normal power supply as soon as it is safe for staff to gain access to all locations.
It would be recalled that the Ikeja Electric business premises were picketed by labour unions, parading as Citizens Access to Electricity Initiatives, CATEIN, and working in collaboration with the Civil Society Group and artisans who demanded the immediate re-instating of the 229 separated staff, who did not scale through the recently concluded appraisal exercise.

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