A countrywide power outage ensued as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) deliberately halted the national grid due to a labor strike.

The national grid has been deactivated by electricity workers in response to the indefinite strike announced by organized labor unions. Ndidi Mbah, the spokesperson for the Transmission Company of Nigeria, verified this information on Tuesday.

She stated that the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) adhered to the directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress, ceasing their services at approximately 11:20 am on Monday, resulting in a widespread power outage across the country.

“Electricity workers are NLC members; they’ve followed the directive by organized labour to withdraw their services from Tuesday”, she stated.

We gathered that the Federal Capital Territory and its environs are experiencing a blackout.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress announced a nationwide indefinite strike starting Tuesday despite a court order restraining the unions from doing so.

Reacting to the development, the Presidency, in a statement by Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy, said strike action by unions was a flagrant disobedience to court order and a lack of respect for the judiciary.

Accordingly, the government expressed displeasure that the nation’s economy and social activities should not suffer because of the personal interest of any labour leader.

We reported that the unions last week issued a nationwide strike notice over an assault on Joe Ajaero, the President of NLC, on November 1 2023, in Imo State.