Nationwide Blackout As Electricity Workers Emabark On Indefinite Strike
Electricity workers have begun a nationwide strike over failure of the government to implement their demands.
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) had given a 21-day ultimatum to the minister of power, Saleh Mamman, to meet their demands.
Anthony Sule, the union’s assistant secretary-general, said the union had no option but to go on indefinite strike from Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
According to reports, the minister failed to dialogue with the union before the ultimatum which lapsed on the midnight of Tuesday, December 10.
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), the country’s largest power distributor, later issued a statement to announce that the strike had disrupted its services.
“Subsequently, the action has led to a nationwide shut down of electricity installations and has resulted in the disruption of service across our network,” the company said.
“We sincerely apologise for all inconveniences to our esteemed customers. Power will be restored immediately the strike is called off.”
The Eko DisCo also informed its customers of the system collapse, via Twitter.
“Please be informed that the present outage being experienced is due to a system collapse of the National grid,” the firm said.
“Work is on going to identify the fault and restore supply accordingly. Please bear with us.
Dear valued customer,
Please be informed that the present outage being experienced is due to a system collapse of the National grid. Work is on going to identify the fault and restore supply accordingly. Please bear with us.
— Eko Electricity Distribution Company (@EKEDP) December 11, 2019
Meanwhile, thelagostimes gathered that there has been total blackout in different states of the country since Wednesday.