Darkness In States As Electricity Workers Join NLC’s Warning Strike

NLC President, Joe Ajaero
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Power supply was disrupted across states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday 5 September, 2023 as electricity workers joined the two-day strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), over petrol subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu.

 Success or otherwise of the strike was mixed as workers either comply fully or partially.

Electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) issued notices to consumers alerting them to disruption in energy supply as National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) joined the warning strike

  In its notice to customers, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, stated: “We are aware of the general power outage being experienced across our franchise due to enforcement by NLC of the 2-day warning strike embarked upon by the labour union.

“We apologise for any inconvenience you may be experiencing as a result of this, as we continue our engagement with key stakeholders towards minimizing the impact of the strike on our customers.

“In the meantime, we recommend that you take necessary precautions to manage the outage effectively. Kindly unplug sensitive electronic devices and appliances from power sources pending the restoration of power.

 “We will continue to provide updates on developments regarding the impact of the strike action on our operations through our official social media handles.”

 Similarly, the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) in a statement by its Head Corporate Communications, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, explained that the NUEE action had shut down its feeders.

The KEDC stated: “We regret to announce that the outage being experienced currently in our franchise states is due to the warning strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress and its affiliate unions.

“The action has necessitated the shutting down of all 33KV feeders by the striking workers. We hope the impasse between the federal government and the NLC shall be resolved soonest so that power supply can be restored”.

The warning strike recorded substantial compliance in Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Rivers, Edo, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Cross River, Benue, Kaduna and Kano.

Partial observance were reported in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun, Delta, Ekiti, Kwara, Kebbi and Taraba.

Apart from power disruptions, total shut-down of ports were also achieved by the striking workers.

 In reaction, President, NLC, Joe Ajaero, said: “We are very happy with the level of compliance. I can tell you that Day One of the warning strike met our objectives. We believe that day two will send a stronger signal to the federal government that we are determined to ensure our members and other Nigerians do not continue to suffer the bad policies of our government.

‘’From the onset, we have objectives that we articulated in the communiqué we released on Friday, September 1, 2023. We are doggedly following the objectives until we are satisfied that the appropriate authorities addressed our demands.”

Rallying his troops via a circular entitled “Our two-day nationwide warning strike: First day of success and dispatched to NLC state councils nationwide, Ajaero commended them “for the massive support and efforts at ensuring that the first day of the nationwide warning strike took off with a resounding success across the nation.

“You have all demonstrated that your words and decisions will always be backed by action. This has resonated in every part of the country today and we are sure that the message has been sent to those who doubt our determination to push through with our objectives.

“We are glad to inform you that all of our objectives for the first day were fully met because of the high level of compliance experienced as a result of your collective efforts around the federation.

Congress salutes you all for your commitment towards ensuring that the reasons for the warning strike were fulfilled at this time. We, however, urge you all to continue with the same zeal and determination which saw the huge success recorded today as we move to the second and final day of the nationwide strike to ensure a complete success of the entire exercise.

“While thanking all Nigerian workers and, indeed, the masses for their understanding as we go through this trying time, we call for more efforts of the kind you showed today and urge all of us to join hands to ensure that all loopholes observed during today’s action are plugged so that tomorrow’s action will be a total success.

“It is our civic duty to ensure that we are governed effectively and that those in government remain accountable to the people at all times! We are committed to that and with your continued support; our nation will surely become a better place for all of us.”

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