Metro Nigeria: Blackout Looms As Union Groups Threaten To Shut Down All Power Plants



The National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE), Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have threatened to shut down Egbin Power Station in Lagos and other electricity facilities across the country.

The unions said the decision to shut down the plants was informed by the sacking of about 400 workers, including the Deputy President of NUEE by the management of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, (IKEDC), on Friday among other issues.

Already, the workers have issued a seven-day ultimatum, beginning from yesterday, to the management of IKEDC, to recall the affected workers unconditionally or “risk unprecedented industrial action.”


Showing solidarity to its allies, NUPENG, in a statement signed by its President, Igwe Achese said it had already directed members at the Nigeria Gas Company, (NGC), “to commence a shutdown of gas supplies to the thermal stations and plants if the 400 workers are not called back to work at the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum.”

Also, the General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajearo while with Speaking Guardian alleged that the decision by the management of IKEDC is part of its anti-union postures and victimization of union members in favour of casualization.

- Guardian