Protest looms in Yola as Nigeriens take over YEDC, customer alleges CTO is sacking Nigerian workers


Protest looms in Yola as Nigeriens take over YEDC, customer alleges CTO is sacking Nigerian workers

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A customer of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) has Alleged that the Energy solution owners of Kainji and Jebba Electricity Distribution who are now shareholders of the defunct Power holding company of Nigeria (PHCN) formerly Nigeria Electricity power Authority (NEPA) have been taken over by foreigners from the Republic of Niger.

A customer Aliyu Shuaibu alleged that the Lead technical Man of the company in Yola, Issoufou Adamou is the company’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in charge of all operations and has been replacing Nigerians working in the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) with workers from the Niger Republic.

Adamou who is a senior officer of Niger lake electric of Niger Republic and handles projects and other operations of energy solutions as a Technical partner was also accused of skewed services to many customers in Yola and Jimeta.

Shuaibu whose House is in Lekki Tabba Street in Jimeta, Yola North Local Government area of Adamawa State alleged that in recent times under the watch of Adamou skewed services to many customers is the order of the day.

He Said aside from giving indiscriminate power bills, especially to customers who are not using prepaid meters, some staff under Adamou trespassed on customers’ houses and did temper with their prepaid meters.

He also revealed that, YEDC was recently dragged to Yola High Court for trespassing at a customer’s house and Alleged to have tempered with his prepaid meter, a criminal offense against the constitution of the land.

He worried that the way and manner Adamou is going about firing Nigerians working in the power holding company and busy hiring workers from Niger Republic may spark up a protest soon.

He said Adamou seems to be ignorant on the principles of international companies domiciled in other countries on how to employ people to work in a foreign organization like Nigeria.

“The Man is busy sacking our Youths and hiring workers from Niger who may not understand how to even communicate with Nigerian customers. What is doing is in direct breach of rules guiding the International Labor Organization (ILO).

“The guiding rules of ILO state that unless there are no qualified workers international organizations can bring in foreign expertise to work for the company in line with the laws guiding the establishment of the organization in their country home of stay.

“I’m calling on the Nigerian government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to review the selling of the power holding company since it doesn’t improve the standard of living of Nigerians and the direct beneficiaries are foreigners,” Aliyu said

Checks by Tgnews further revealed that dozens of complaints are in the suggestion box of the YEDC of undeserved disconnections of light, irrational, and indiscriminate bills.

Three days ago Tgnews made intensified efforts to reach the communication manager of YEDC for a response, Mr. Onyekachi Kingsley Okemneme through his phone number, at so many point in time, the line said “switched off” while at other points in time the number was on constant beef of “busy” mode.

Unverified sources however told Tgnews correspondent that Kingsley is no longer working with the YEDC.

Our Correspondent made several other attempts to speak with Adamou his line was also on a constant beef of “busy” mode to press time.