Wednesday, 18 May 2016
At a press briefing in Lagos yesterday May 17th, the Executive Director of the Association, Sunday Oduntan, said electricity distributors are denied access to gas whenever vandals rupture any pipeline in the Niger Delta.
Oduntan also decried the acts of brutality electricity workers face in the hands of military officers over electricity bills.
"Each time they vandalize gas pipeline in Niger Delta, or anywhere, they are denying the gas station the essential gas which is used to generate electricity. So shortage of gas leads to low generation of electricity. Low generation and poor transmission facility leads to low distribution. Therefore, Discos are not to blame for poor power supply in Nigeria. There is a place in Abeokuta called Alamala barracks, some soldiers led by a major from Alamala barracks went to a place called Rounder to beat one of our individual staff and we have the pictures of this incident. Up till today, nothing has been done by the military authority. We call on the Federal government, particularly President Buhari who is a retired general, to call his boys to order. We cannot continue to run a country where the military will be beating our boys when we are only asking them to pay their bills"he said
They were both arrested on June 8, 2012 by officials the Department of State Service in Oku Iboku village in Ikat Adakpan LG of Akwa Ibom State, with one DAF truck (registration number XQ 926 APP Lagos) with 33,000 litres of suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
However, the convicts were also given an option of paying N3M fine each. Also the truck and the product are to be forfeited to the Federal Government.