JUST IN: Blackout hits Nigeria as striking workers shut down transmission stations

Electricity workers on Wednesday shut down major power stations due to the ongoing nationwide strike.
On Tuesday, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) directed its members to go on strike over “contravention of workers’ conditions and default on the payment of entitlement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)”.

TCN, however, appealed to the workers to suspend the proposed strike, assuring that steps had been taken to resolve the issues.
Goddy Jedy-Agba, minister of state for power, urged the union to give the government two weeks to address the issues raised and come up with proposals for an acceptable resolution.
In a video seen by TheCable, the workers were seen shutting down power stations in Abuja as they chant solidarity song.

The electricity union also shut down the Kaduna regional headquarters of the TCN in line with the directive of the union’s national leadership.
The regional station covers four northwestern states, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.
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Reacting to the development, Ikeja Electric said it is currently experiencing the disruption of power stations.

“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.”
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 Cable understands that the meeting will hold at 4 pm today.

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