Electricity workers across Nigeria have taken part in a nationwide strike, resulting in the shutdown of the national grid and a subsequent blackout. The strike was initiated by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in protest of the assault on Joe Ajaero, the President of the NLC, which occurred on November 1, 2023, in Imo State.
Ndidi Mbah, the spokesperson for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), confirmed the strike on Tuesday. She stated that members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), who are also NLC members, adhered to the directives of the NLC to withdraw their services, commencing at approximately 11:20 am on Monday.
Mbah noted, “Electricity workers are NLC members; they’ve followed the directive by organised labour to withdraw their services from Tuesday.”
The nationwide blackout has impacted the Federal Capital Territory and its surroundings. This development follows the announcement by the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) of a nationwide indefinite strike starting Tuesday, despite a court order restraining the unions from taking such action.