JUST IN: Blackout across Nigeria as workers shut down national grid

Nigerians have been confronted with a complete blackout as electrical energy staff shut down the Nationwide Grid in compliance with the joint directive of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Commerce Union Congress (TUC) to down instruments on Monday over the brand new minimal wage.

The TCN Normal Supervisor, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, disclosed this in a press release Monday.

Ms Mbah mentioned the nationwide grid shutdown occurred at about 2.19 a.m. on Monday.

TCN mentioned staff have been pushed away from their responsibility posts whereas others have been overwhelmed and wounded at some energy amenities. It added that every one its efforts at grid restoration have been being pissed off by the unionists.

“The Transmission Firm of Nigeria hereby informs most of the people that the Labour Union has shut down the nationwide grid, leading to blackout nationwide. The nationwide grid shutdown occurred at about 2.19 am this morning, third June 2024.

“At about 1:15 am this morning, the Benin Transmission Operator beneath the Impartial System Operations unit of TCN reported that every one operators have been pushed away from the management room and that employees that resisted have been overwhelmed whereas some have been wounded in the middle of forcing them out of the management room and with none type of management or supervision, the Benin Space Management Middle was dropped at zero.

“Different transmission substations that have been shut down, by the Labour Union embody the Ganmo, Benin, Ayede, Olorunsogo, Akangba and Osogbo Transmission Substations. Some transmission strains have been equally opened because of the ongoing actions of the labour union.

“On the ability producing aspect, energy producing items from completely different producing stations have been compelled to close down some items of their producing vegetation, the Jebba Producing Station was compelled to close down one among its producing items whereas three others in the identical substation subsequently shut down on very excessive frequency. The sudden compelled load cuts led to excessive frequency and system instability, which finally shut down the nationwide grid at 2:19am.

“At about 3.23am, nonetheless, TCN commenced grid restoration, utilizing the Shiroro Substation to aim to feed the transmission strains supplying bulk electrical energy to the Katampe Transmission Substation. The scenario is such that the labour Union continues to be obstructing grid restoration nationwide.

“We are going to proceed to make effort to get well and stabilize the grid to allow the restoration of regular bulk transmission of electrical energy to distribution load centres nationwide,” TCN said.

Nigeria’s labor unions began a nationwide strike on Monday amidst uncertainties. The unions introduced the strike to stress the federal government into agreeing on a brand new minimal wage for staff and reevaluating the latest electrical energy worth hike for sure shoppers.

A gathering held on Sunday between representatives of the federal authorities, the Nationwide Meeting management, and officers from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Commerce Union Congress (TUC) concerning the proposed nationwide minimal wage concluded with out decision. The assembly, which came about behind closed doorways on the Nationwide Meeting advanced in Abuja, started at 5:50 p.m. and ended at 8:45 p.m.

Earlier than this, on Friday, the NLC and the TUC had declared an indefinite nationwide strike. They anticipate the participation of assorted different staff’ unions, together with these representing medical doctors, college lecturers, airport staff, and electrical energy staff.

In a discover issued on Saturday in regards to the indefinite nationwide strike, Emmanuel Ugboaja, the Normal Secretary of the NLC, urged all affiliated our bodies to mobilize their members for full compliance with the directive for industrial motion. Ugboaja pressured the need of a complete closure of all workplaces, underscoring that the success of the strike depends on the collective willpower and resolve of their members.

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