Nationwide Blackout: Ngige’s labour ministry meeting electricity workers to resolve strike, TCN says
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says the Chris Ngige-led Ministries of Power and Labour & Employment is currently meeting with officials of the electricity workers union to resolve the issues which instigated a nationwide power outage.
Nigerians experienced a nationwide blackout on Wednesday as the National Union of Electricity Employees asked its members across the country to down tools in protest of a government policy which it considered unfavorable.
Spokesperson of the TCN, Ndidi Mbah, on Wednesday, said the national grid shutdown by the striking workers would be restored soon.
She asserted that the industrial dispute was between two in-house unions in the company.
Ms Mbah said that the grid was shut down by the unions even as effort was being made to resolve the issues upon which the action was called.
The incident occurred at 3:01 p.m. on Wednesday, after several 330kV transmission lines and 33 Kilo Volt (kV) feeder-lines across the power system network had been switched off by the members of the unions, the spokesperson said.
”This resulted in generation-load imbalance and multiple voltage escalations at critical stations and substations.”
She said that the disruption came weeks after the company had come out of hectic grid management regime, occasioned by paucity of generation that lingered for a couple of months.
“Coupled with the stream of interventions by the Ministry of Power and other stakeholders in the Value Chain, grid generation (at Peak) had reached 4,830.69 Megawatts (MW) as at Tuesday,” she said.
She said that the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry appreciates the understanding of our customers within and outside the country.
Ms Mbah said that enduring mechanisms are being instituted to avert a situation of this kind going forward.
We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.
More from Peoples Gazette
He reassured the country that the military will remain neutral and apolitical urging the public to maintain confidence in the military.
They raised the concerns on Thursday during a stakeholders’ meeting organised by INEC in Lagos State, on collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Central Bank governor Godwin Emefiele was also ordered to appear before the House by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
Dorcas Elegbede, 38, and Alice David, 35, are standing trial on a three-count of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen goods.
The superstar vocalist announced on Thursday that she has been diagnosed with a rare Stiff Person Syndrome.