PHCN Workers’ Strike in Taraba Paralyse Activities

Residents of Taraba State, especially those in Jalingo, the state capital yesterday bemoaned the negative effects of the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Yola zonal office of the power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The strike which entered its 10th day yesterday has paralysed many social and economic activities in the state capital and its environs, Daily Trust gathered.

PHCN spokesman in the state, Alhaji Aliyu Ardo, said they were forced to embark on the strike following what he described as the unwillingness of government to respond to their demands after an initial three day warning strike.

Ardo said the zone comprising Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi and Yobe States embarked on the strike due to non payment of their three months salaries, allowances and severance packages.

He wandered why the Federal Government would sign agreement with the union and not fulfil it.

“We are not against privatization, but we demand payment of what is due to us by the Federal Government. How can the Federal Government privatize the company without fulfilling the agreement it signed with Labour on the matter,” he said.

Our correspondent reports that residents of the state now depend on generating sets to run their homes and businesses.

Alhaji Muhammed Sani, a Cyber Cafe owner at Sabon Gari area of Jalingo, said he has not made any reasonable return on his business in the past week due to the blackout and appealed to the government to intervene in the matter.

Small scale business owners, including hair dressers, recharge card sellers and operators of computer centres also lamented the situation.

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