Updated: TCN Debunks Shut Down of National Grid Over NLC/TUC Strike

Updated: TCN Debunks Shut Down of National Grid Over NLC/TUC Strike

  • Striking workers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria have shut down the national electricity grid
  • This is in support of the industrial action declared by the NLC and the TUC on Monday, November 13
  • Ndidi Mbah, the spokesperson for TCN, confirmed the development and said electricity workers are NLC members
  • However, TCN, in a statement hinted that the report on the national blackout is false and misleading

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Tuesday, November 14, shut down the national grid following the declaration of an indefinite strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, NLC, TUC, FG, strike
TCN insists the national grid is intact and the report claiming it has shut down its services is false. Photo credit: TCN, Joe Ajaero, NLC
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Ndidi Mbah, the spokesperson for TCN, confirmed the development in a statement issued to reporters Tuesday morning.

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According to Ndidi, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) followed the directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress to withdraw their services, PM News reported.

“Electricity workers are NLC members; they’ve followed the directive by organized labour to withdraw their services from Tuesday,” she stated.

This comes hours after the Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Tuesday, directed its members across the country to join the nationwide strike in defiance of a restraining court order barring them from embarking on the industrial action.

TCN denies report on national grid shut down

However, in a fresh development, the leadership of the TCN described the report that the national grip has been shut down due to the strike as "false".

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The statement shared on its verified X page (formerly Twitter) maintained that the report is misleading while stating clearly that the national grid is intact.

The company tweeted:

"The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby states that the publication by Daily Post alleging that the Head of Public Affairs of TCN said that there will be a national blackout is false and totally misleading.
"We hereby note that the national grid is intact and supplying bulk electricity to distribution load."

FG makes crucial move as nationwide strike begins

Legit.ng reported earlier that the federal government had taken a serious step after the unions declared a nationwide strike on Monday, November 13.

The minister of labour, employment and productivity, Simon Lalong, convened a meeting with the leaders of the NLC and TUC on Tuesday, November 14.

The source who disclosed this said:

“The minister has convened a meeting with the Labour leaders for Tuesday.”

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Organised labour declares indefinite strike

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that organised labour, consisting of the NLC and the TUC, asked their members to embark on a nationwide strike over the attack on Joe Ajaero.

The unions ordered their affiliates to adhere to the resolution of the National Executive Council of the NLC and implement it.

Festus Osifo, the TUC president, who spoke to journalists on Monday, November 12, disclosed that the nationwide industrial action would continue until “government at all levels wake up to their responsibility.”

Source: Legit.ng

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