By Enyichukwu Enemanna
The ongoing warning strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has thrown several cities into long hours of electricity outage arising from the drop of electricity generation 2,000 megawatts as of last night.
Abuja, the nation’s, capital, Kaduna, Jos are some of the cities that have endured nearly 24-hour power cuts since Tuesday when the 2-day warning strike took effect.
While the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) had blamed the outage on the strike action, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company also issued similar circular, while sources at the Jos DisCo claimed that some of their feeders were disconnected by labour.
AEDC urged 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.
The spokesperson for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ndidid Mbah confirmed the development stating that while the grid was intact, the union disconnected some feeders.
Head, Corporate Communication, at Kaduna DisCos, Abdulazeez Abdullahi while regretting the outage said the Labour action necessitated the shutting down of all 33KV feeders.
He said: “We hope the impasse between the federal government and the NLC shall be resolved soonest so that power supply can be restored.”