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Electricity Workers Calls Off Strike As National Grid Collapses

Valentine Chinyem



The industrial action by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has been suspended.

It will be recalled that the union embarked on strike on Wednesday, following its expiration of its 21-day ultimatum issued Saleh Mamman, minister of power, to implement its demands.

However, in a new turn of events, Joe Ajaero, general secretary of NUEE, on Thursday, disclosed that the union decided to shelve the strike after a meeting with the federal government.

According to him, all the concerns of the union were addressed in the meeting.

“Following the agreement reached between NUEE and representatives of Government this morning, on all the issues in contention, the Union wishes to suspend the industrial action it embarked upon to press home these demands,” the statement read.

“Consequently, members are urged to return to their duty posts while we monitor the implementation of these agreements. We would not hesitate to resume action if the agreements are not implemented.”

The national grid collapsed during the strike which led to shutting down of the services of most of the Distribution Companies (DisCos).

In a tweet on Thursday morning, Eko Electricity Distribution Company thanked its customers for their patience while the strike lasted.

“Dear customer, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike. Our offices & payment channels are open for business. Thank you for your patience & understanding,” the tweet read.