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The General Secretary of NUEE is disputing claims by the government’s privatization agency

The General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Joe Ajaero, is disputing claims by the government’s privatization agency (BPE) that it has made final payments to staff affected by the dissolution of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). “They can’t say that this batch constitute the final payment, because I'm aware that those waiting for final payment and NOKs are up to 900 alone,” said Ajaero, “and we are talking of about 1900 or thereabout, those with short payment and those that were not paid anything at all. If they say that is the final verification, they are liars.”

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan has opposed privatization of distribution companies

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has opposed privatization of distribution companies (DISCOs), and termed it harmful if done with the existing infrastructure. “DISCOs wished more relaxation in losses rather than improving ill performance, he said, suggesting not agreeing with the IMF on privatization of DISCOs. Instead, [Economic Advisory Committee and power sector specialist Salman Amin] recommended separating the transmission and distribution business of DISCOs in the next four to five years.”

The electric company has raised concerns about privatization

The electric company ENEE, which is being broken up into three pieces, has raised concerns about privatization. The owner of the company, Jesús Mejía, “downplayed warnings that the process would lead to the privatization and held a meeting with the workers' union Enee STENEE to discuss the operation. The new companies should begin operating on 1 January.” Juan Carlos Sikaffy, president of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP), called the deal “historic.” Heide Fulton, interim charge d'affaires of the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa said in her Twitter account that “today’s agreement is an important first step.”

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Our City, Our Grid: The energy remunicipalisation trend in Germany (By Sören Becker)

This chapter gives an account of remunicipalisations in the German energy sector, and is divided into two main parts. The first section discusses the different factors enabling remunicipalisation. The second section turns to the politics and strategies behind two remunicipalisation cases in Hamburg, contrasting a more consensual and top-down variant of remunicipalisation with one that involved more conflictual public mobilisation and direct democracy.


Remunicipalization, the Low-Carbon Transition, and Energy Democracy (by Andrew Cumbers)

The term “remunicipalization” has become associated with a global trend to reverse the privatization wave that swept many countries—both industrialized and developing—in the 1980s and 1990s. In particular, remunicipalization processes in the energy sector have the potential to create significant momentum in combating climate change. What is behind these developments?

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Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, NASU, Nigeria

Listen to PSI Vice-President, Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, from the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions, describe the challenges facing his union: the privatisation of Nigeria electricity services and the Ebola crisis.

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