Nigeria is presently experiencing a widespread blackout as a result of nationwide grid shutdown. This improvement follows the indefinite strike initiated by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which commenced at present, November 14.
Ndidi Mbah, spokesperson for the Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) confirmed that the electrical energy employees have downed their instruments.
The Nationwide Union of Electrical energy Workers (NUEE), half NLC, has been recognized as the first union answerable for the shutdown of the nationwide grid.
The union members withdrew their companies at round 11:20 am on Tuesday. This motion straight led to the nationwide blackout, considerably affecting numerous sectors and the overall populace.
“Electrical energy employees are NLC members; they’ve adopted the directive by organised labour to withdraw their companies from Tuesday”, Mbah informed Day by day Publish.
Authorities’s Response to the Strike and Blackout
The Federal Authorities, represented by Bayo Onanuga, Particular Adviser to the President on Info and technique, strongly opposed the strike.
The Presidency highlighted the strike as a violation of a courtroom order and a disrespect in the direction of the judiciary. The federal government’s main concern is the detrimental impression of this strike on Nigeria’s economic system and social actions.
The federal government emphasised that nationwide pursuits shouldn’t be compromised as a result of private targets of any labour chief.
Background of the Labour Strike
The present strike stemmed from an incident involving Joe Ajaero, the President of the NLC. Ajaero was assaulted on November 1, 2023, in Imo State, which subsequently led to the unions issuing a nationwide strike discover final week.
Regardless of a courtroom order restraining the unions from continuing with the strike, the NLC and Commerce Union Congress went forward with their plan, resulting in the present state of affairs.
Past the current Ajaero fracas in Imo, recall that the NLC and the Federal Authorities have had a working battle over the elimination of gasoline subsidies, amongst different points, that plunged the Nigerian populace into untold financial hardship.
The NLC had embarked on a warning strike in October, which was known as off to present room for dialogue.
In keeping with the labour union, the present strike isn’t solely due to the assault on its president but in addition to hunt redress for the unresolved financial points affecting the plenty.