By John Ikani
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has reached out to its customers, urging them to remain patient.
The appeal comes in the wake of the company’s decision to cut power supply from the early hours of Tuesday, September 5, in compliance with the strike action instigated by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
AEDC in a statement issued on Tuesday acknowledged the inconvenience the power interruption may cause and assured its valued customers that discussions are actively underway with stakeholders to address the situation.
The statement reads:
“Dear Valued Customers,
“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 apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing as a result of this, as we continue our engagement with key stakeholders toward minimizing the impact of the strike on our customers.
“In the meantime, we recommend that you take necessary precautions to manage the outage effectively. Kindly unplug sensitive electronic devices and appliances from power sources pending the restoration of power.
“We will continue to provide updates on developments regarding the impact of the strike action on our operations through our official social media handles.
“Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this challenging time. We remain committed to serving you.”
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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had last week declared its intention to commence a two-day warning strike, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
This strike is a manifestation of the NLC’s dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s handling of issues arising from the removal of fuel subsidies.
It is worth highlighting that the Federal Government had previously established committees to implement relief measures and introduced various initiatives to cushion the effects of subsidy removal.
These measures encompass the acquisition of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles, the allocation of N75 billion in single-digit interest loans for manufacturers and Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), as well as the earmarking of N5 billion for state allocations and the distribution of grains to all 36 states.