Metro Power Blackout Imminent as NLC Vows to Shut Down 8 DISCOs



There are indications of an imminent blackout across the country as organised labour has vowed to shut down Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC; Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, IEDC, and six others, including power plants in various locations across the nation, tomorrow over electricity tariff without power supply, among others.

Other grievances are perceived de-unionisation of workers and victimisation of labour leaders by the new investors.

The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Kwara and Kogi states and the leadership of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, on April 16, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government, owners of affected DISCOs and power plants to address their concerns or face industrial action.

The ultimatum expired yesterday without any of their grievances addressed.

However, a meeting with government, owners of the affected companies and labour leaders earlier scheduled for yesterday was shifted to today in Benin.

According to Vanguard, the Chairman of Delta NLC and his Ondo counterpart said workers in the affected states had been directed to cripple the activities of the companies tomorrow irrespective of the outcome of today’s meeting.