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Blackout looms across Nigeria as electricity workers join NLC strike



Electricity workers have decided to be part of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)’s warning strike, which they will embark upon over the impact of the petrol subsidy removal.

In solidarity with the NLC, electricity distribution companies, earlier on Tuesday, announced that their workers have joined the strike.

On September 1, the NLC announced plans to embark on a two-day nationwide strike from Tuesday (today), accusing the federal government of abandoning negotiations.

The group also said the government has failed to implement some of the resolutions reached at previous meetings.

In a statement signed by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) management, the company said a general power outage was experienced across its franchise.

The disruption, the company said, was caused by the enforcement of the two-day warning strike by the labour union.

“We apologise for any inconvenience you may be experiencing as a result of this, as we continue our engagement with key stakeholders towards minimising the impact of the strike on our customers,” the statement reads.

In the meantime, the company advised customers to take necessary precautions to manage the power outage effectively.

“Kindly unplug sensitive electronic devices and appliances from power sources pending the restoration of power,” AEDC said.