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Nationwide blackout looms as TCN bars workers

20 April 2016, 08:29

Abuja - A nationwide blackout may become a reality as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) locked workers out of its headquarters on Tuesday.

According to a Naij report, the development came as a result of disagreements between the organization's management and the Federal Ministry of Power, causing a lock down at the company's head office.

The move could affect the entire power value chain negatively, leading to a blackout in most parts of the country.

In addition, many workers at TCN have complained of salaries being in arrears, thereby preventing Louis Edozien, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, from taking over offices within the building recently.

Also read: TCN promises to restore electricity supply in Borno

Wisdom Nwachukwu, chairman of the National Union of Electricity Employees in Abuja, has claimed that workers decided to vacate the building after armed officers were deployed following the disagreement between management and the Power Ministry.

“The armed officers were deployed here on Monday night and they arrived around 12 midnight. We can’t access the building and therefore we can’t work. If we can’t work, and you know the importance of the TCN headquarters to transmission, then you should know the impact that this will have on the power system generally,” said Nwachukwu.

Read more at Naij

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