The workers of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, on Thursday morning, staged a protest ahead of the hand-over of the company to its new owners on the same day.
A text message was sent on Wednesday to workers asking them to converge at the zonal office at NEPA roundabout where the gate of the head office will be locked to stall the hand-over.
Some union officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the showdown was to prevent the hand-over until all conditions and some outstanding allowances owed workers were paid.
The text seen by PREMIUM TIMES read: “Good morning how are you and family? I pray well. Please there is and 4all staffs to be at the zonal office, it will be locked up due to some unagreed point with mgt.7am 2day.”
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, had on Wednesday sent notice of an 8a.m. Thursday meeting to all members.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the zonal office around 7:15 a.m. Thursday, the executives of the NUEE and other members were positioned outside the closed gates.
“They are turning workers and management back and have manned the main entrance gate,” a worker told PREMIUM TIMES.
Neither the managing director, Idris Mohammed, nor the manager, public affairs, Idris Mohammed, responded to text messages sent to them on the protest.