The office of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) in Eket Local Government of Akwa Ibom State was yesterday locked up by the protesting comrades of the United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC) and the National Union of Electricity Employees.
iReporters gathered that the protesting Unionist trooped in their dozens to the Eket office of PHED along Court Road before 6:am, accused the distribution company of workers victimization , outrageous bills, etc.
Speaking with newsmen, the Eket chapter Secretary of the Union, accused PHED of disobeying a court ruling permitting its employees to join the labour union.
He added, “Our reason for being here is that the masses want electricity. The people cannot be paying for darkness. The TCN made us to understand that they (PHED) are rejecting load from the national grid. They have been giving consumers estimated bills. If there is no meter, consumers will not pay estimated bills”
A member of the Union who wanted to remain anonymous, expressed dissatisfaction over humongous bills churned out every Month by the firm to consumers, saying it was a disguise way of defrauding members of the public. He however told (PHED) to allow its workers to unionise, saying that they are not higher than the court verdict.
Calls put across to the PHED spokesperson for his reaction in this regards proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.