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Nationwide power outage as labour union shuts down national grid

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Nationwide power outage as labour union shuts down national grid

Nigeria is currently experiencing a nationwide power outage following the decision of electricity workers Union to shut down the national grid following the strike action embarked upon by organised labour.

Labour unions, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, and their affiliate unions, commenced industrial action on Monday over minimum wage.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) following the nationwide power outage experienced on Monday, informed the general public in a statement that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out nationwide.

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The national grid shut down, according to the statement, occured at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024.

“At about 1:15am this morning, the Benin Transmission Operator under the Independent System Operations unit of TCN reported that all operators were driven away from the control room and that staff that resisted were beaten while some were wounded in the course of forcing them out of the control room and without any form of control or supervision, the Benin Area Control Center was brought to zero,” said the statement signed by Ndidi Mbah, GM, Public Affairs at TCN.

“Other transmission substations that were shut down, by the Labour Union include the Ganmo, Benin, Ayede, Olorunsogo, Akangba and Osogbo Transmission Substations. Some transmission lines were equally opened due to the ongoing activities of the labour union.

“On the power generating side, power generating units from different generating stations were forced to shut down some units of their generating plants, the Jebba Generating Station was forced to shut down one of its generating units while three others in the same substation subsequently shut down on very high frequency. The sudden forced load cuts led to high frequency and system instability, which eventually shut down the national grid at 2:19am.

“At about 3.23am, however, TCN commenced grid recovery, using the Shiroro Substation to attempt to feed the transmission lines supplying bulk electricity to the Katampe Transmission Substation. The situation is such that the Labour Union is still obstructing grid recovery nationwide.

“We will continue to make effort to recover and stabilize the grid to enable the restoration of normal bulk transmission of electricity to distribution load centres nationwide.”

 

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