Respite may have come for Nigerians as a nationwide power outage which commenced Wednesday may soon be a thing of the past. The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike embarked upon on Wednesday. The strike was embarked upon to draw the Federal Government’s attention to the plight of its members.
1st News can confirm that the union has accepted to call off the one-day old strike. The decision came following a meeting with officials of the Federal Government and the Ministry of Labour.
Indeed, the strike had crippled power supply across the country on Wednesday.
Many Nigerians across the country had groaned under the nationwide power outage.
National President of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero disclosed the development to newsmen. He stated that the grievances of the workers were conclusively addressed.
Further, he stated that all the concerns of the union and its members were addressed at the meeting; which lasted till the wee hours of today.
“We have concluded deliberations and all issues were addressed but we are awaiting implementation. Meanwhile, our strike action is suspended,” Ajaero said.
Following the expiration of the 21 days’ ultimatum issued by NUEE to the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to implement their demands; and the failure of the minister to dialogue with the union before the ultimatum which lapsed midnight Tuesday; a nationwide blackout was imminent as electricity workers began indefinite strike Wednesday morning.
The strike led to the shutting down of most of the offices of Distribution Companies (Discos) across the country. Notable among these were Ikeja Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).
In addition, the union had insisted that the strike would continue until the government acceded to its demands.