Nigerians react to nationwide power outage, strike by electricity workers

Nigerians react to nationwide power outage, strike by electricity workers

Nigerians have reacted to a nationwide power outage which commenced on Wednesday.

1st News can report that the nationwide power outage is the result of a strike embarked upon by electricity workers. The workers are demanding payment of the entitlements of disengaged staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria; as well as alleged underpayment of the severance package of over 5,000 ex-staff, among other grievances.

Meanwhile, 1st News can confirm that the nationwide power outage commenced after the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) on Wednesday; picketed the headquarters of major power distribution companies (DISCOS) across Nigeria. They include Ikeja Electric, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, both located in Lagos. Other DISCOS such as the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and Kaduna Distribution Company, among others; put out notices informing the public of the strike.

Indeed, the union members had locked staff of the distribution companies out and prevented them from gaining access to their offices. The move, which occurred in the wee hours of the day, had crippled power supply nationwide.

Furthermore, the union has insisted that the action will continue until the Federal Government listens to their demands.


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The union in a statement, signed by its President, Ajaero; had accused the Bureau of Public Enterprise of failing to pay up over 2,000 disengaged PHCN workers since 2013. Further, it alleged underpayment of severance of over 50,000 ex-PHCN staff. Also, the union frowned at the illegal transfer of schools built by the union to investors.

Twitter explodes as Nigerians react to black-out

Subsequently, Nigerians have taken to social media to express their views on the power outage. The majority took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share their thoughts on the developments.

Equally important, a number of Nigerians who commented expressed shock and disbelief at the development.

As a matter of fact, the sentiment arose from the fact that a private organisation could go on strike.

Meanwhile, below are some of the comments put together by 1st News from Twitter:

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