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National grid restored after strike suspension, says NUEE

National grid restored after strike suspension, says NUEE

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) said the national grid has been restored after the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress called off their strike.

Adebiyi Adeyeye, National President of the NUEE, confirmed this on Tuesday. “The strike has been suspended, which means the grid has come back to normal. It is on already,” Adeyeye said.

Organised labour initiated a nationwide strike on Monday due to the Federal Government’s refusal to increase the proposed minimum wage from N60,000 and to revert the Band A tariff to N65 per kilowatt-hour instead of N206/kWh.

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Electricity workers joined the strike by shutting down the national grid, causing a nationwide blackout in the early hours of Monday.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria stated on Monday that its on-duty workers were attacked and injured by union leaders who entered their offices to force them out.

However, Adeyeye refuted this claim, asserting that the union merely withdrew its members in line with the organised labour’s directive.

The organised labour has put the strike on hold for five days to resume negotiations with the Federal Government for a minimum wage higher than N60,000.

Meanwhile, a check of the Nigerian System Operator’s portal placed the country’s generation at zero megawatts (MW) as of 6:00 pm., with Azura-Edo IPP (gas), Dadinkowa G.S (hydro), and Shiroro (hydro), the only generating companies listed on the platform.