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Electricity workers to embark on nationwide strike

The country might face a nationwide blackout on Wednesday, August 17 as the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) accuses the government of failing to address staff welfare issues.

Converging at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) headquarters in Abuja early Tuesday, NUEE in a notice signed by the general secretary, Joe Ajaero, urged its members to comply with the directive and stop work from August 17.

The strike is bound to worsen Nigeria’s electricity problems.

The union issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of TCN on May 18, threatening to down tools if its complaints were not resolved.

Among other complaints, the group has raised concerns over the failure of the authorities to pay entitlements of former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in December 2019.

Writing by Muzha Kucha