Electricity workers in the transmission subsector of the power industry, under the umbrella of the National Union Of Electricity Employees (NUEE) made good thrir threat and shut down transmission stations across the country.
The action commenced through a systematic shutting of the stations. As of 11.46 am this morning it is believed that about 60 percent of the stations have been shut down.
The action according to an insider close to the transmission operations is essentially to put pressure on the government to accede to their demands.
Phase one of the threat by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE )was executed on Tuesday with the picketing of the headquarters of the Transmission Company Of Nigeria (TCN) to press home their demands for the implementation of yet-to-be-honoured agreements between it and the management of the company.
They complained about the alleged failure of the Federal Government to pay the entitlement of former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in December 2019.
The aggrieved workers under the aegis of the national union of electricity employees NUEE said this is a prelude to an indefinite strike action expected to commence on August 17.
In a circular entitled “call to action”, the general secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, directed them to ensure total compliance, vowing to paralyse operations of TCN nationwide over anti-masses activities.
The union has promised to escalate its action today by shutting done all the transmission stations in the country, thereby plunging the nation into total darkness.
There is no doubt that this has implications for both the social and economic activities of the country as it would further endanger the already badly managed and extremely fragile economy that is gasping for breath.
.A letter signed by the Minister of State for Power and addressed to the General Secretary of NUEE said, “The Ministry of Power takes cognisance of your complaints therein and is committed to offering solutions that will be acceptable to all parties concerned.
“May we appeal to your great Union to allow us two weeks from the date of this letter to address the issues and come up with proposals towards acceptable resolution of all issues”
But Joe Ajaero, Deputy President of Nigeria Labour Congress said from all indications, government is not committed to meeting the demands of the workers.