Electricity

Blackout as electricity union shuts power stations

The National Union of Electricity Employees on Wednesday shut down major power stations over “contravention of workers’ conditions and default on the payment of entitlement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria.”

NUEE had on Tuesday threatened to embark on a nationwide strike but the minister of state for power, Goddy Jedy-Agba appealed to the union to shelve the strike.

Jedy-Agba told the union to give the government two weeks to address the issues raised and would come up with acceptable proposals.

However, according to the Cable, the workers today in a video seen by newsmen shut down the power station in Abuja as they chanted solidarity songs.

Also, in line with the directives of the union’s national leadership, the electricity union shut down the Kaduna regional headquarters of the TCN.

The regional station covers four states in the northwest, including Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

Responding to the development, Ikeja Electric said they are currently experiencing electricity disruption of power supply due to the strike.

“Dear Esteemed Customer, Due to the ongoing nationwide picketing of Transmission Stations by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), we are currently experiencing disruption of power supply as most stations within our network have been shut down,” Ikeja Disco said in a public notice.

“Kindly bear with us as we await amicable resolution by the relevant stakeholders. Thank you for your usual understanding and cooperation,” IKEDC said.

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and productivity, has invited the electricity workers, who have shut down their services nationwide, for an urgent meeting in Abuja.

The meeting will hold at 4 pm today.

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