Strike: Ngige in Emergency Meeting With Electricity Workers’ as Blackout Hits S’East

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By Kamsi Anayo, Awka 

Minister of Labour Dr. Chris Ngige has invited the eletricity workers, under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees, who have shutdown their services nationwide, for an urgent meeting in Abuja.

The meeting is scheduled to hold at 4 PM on Wednesday.

Power distribution has been halted completely in the entire South-East States.

This is sequel to the industrial action embarked upon by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) power stations.

The development threw the five South-East States into a total blackout, Wednesday afternoon.

Emeka Ezeh, Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, confirmed that operations across the franchise area of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) have been disrupted.

He said, “As a result of this development all our feeders are out of supply and this has affected supply to our esteemed customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.

“Consultations are ongoing among critical stakeholders in the power sector to address this issue and possibly restore supply.

“The Management of EEDC hereby encourage customers and neighbourhood associations to be vigilant and protect the electrical installations within their environment against elements who might take advantage of this outage to vandalise these installations.”

“We, therefore, appeal for continued patience and understanding while this is resolved,” he said.

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