Labour strike: Abuja, Kaduna, Jos in darkness as electricity grid wobbles to 2,000MW

Many states across the country are experiencing power failure as labour unions obey the two-day strike declared by the Nigerian Labour congress, NLC.

The FCT, Abuja, Kaduna, Jos and some cities across the country were in darkness yesterday as electricity generatio dropped to 2,000 megawatts as of last night.

While Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, had issued a note blaming outage on the strike action, Kaduna DisCos also issued similar circular while sources at the Jos DisCo told the newsmen that some of their feeders were disconnected by labour.

The spokesperson for the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Ndidid Mbah confirmed the development stating that while the grid was intact the union disconnected some feeders.

AEDC had attributed the prevailing darkness to the NLC urging customers to take necessary precautions to manage the outage effectively and also advised that sensitive electronic devices and appliances should be unplugged from power sources pending the restoration of power.

“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”, the company said.

Head, Corporate Communication at Kaduna DisCos, Abdulazeez Abdullahi while regretting the outage said the Labour action necessitated the shutting down of all 33KV feeders.

“We hope the impasse between the federal government and the NLC shall be resolved soonest so that power supply can be restored”, he said.


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