Strike: Labour Shuts Down National Grid

Organised Labour has shut down the national grid on the first day of its indefinite strike to protest failure of government to meet its Minimum Wage Demand.

After a series of negotiations, the Labour unions demanded N494,000 minimum wage but the Federal Government said it could only afford N60,000.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, had said the N494,000 national minimum wage being demanded by organized labour, which cumulatively amounts to the sum of N9.5 trillion would destabilize the economy and jeopardize the welfare of over 200 million Nigerians.

Last-minute intervention by the leadership of the National Assembly to prevent the strike did not yield result as the unions mobilised their affiliates nationwide.

In a statement it issued in the early hours of Monday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) alerted Nigerians that the grid had bee shut.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby informs the general public that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out nationwide. The national grid shut down occurred 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.

“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,” read the statement signed by Ndidi Mbah General Manager, Public Affairs at TCN.

Daily Trust

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