Kaduna in total darkness over NLC strike

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The Management of Kaduna Electric has said that the service interruption currently being experienced in Kaduna State is as a result of the industrial action embarked upon by NLC.

According to the management of the Electric Distribution Company, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN has knocked off all our 33KV lines in Kaduna State in compliance with NLC directive.

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“Consequently, we are appealing to all communities, security agencies and vigilante groups to be vigilant so that men of underworld will not cash in on the situation to vandalise power supply installations. Any suspicious movement around distribution sub-stations (transformers) or any other power supply infrastructure should be reported to the relevant security agency,” the Head, Corporate Communication, AbdulAzeez Abdullahi said in a statement.

“We have the collective responsibility to protect these critical national assets in our neighborhood,”  he added.

The Nigerian Labour Congress in a circular issued on May 11, called for industrial action and total shutdown of socio-economic activities in Kaduna State communicating same to all affiliate unions in the state.
This, according to the circular, is based on the decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Congress at its regular meeting which took place on April 22.

“This action is sequel to the industrial  tyranny which has been  institutionalised by the Kaduna State Governor, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai, especially as manifest in the recent mass sack and cadualization of over 60 per cent of workers in the Kaduna civil and public service,” NLC had said.

In the same vein, the National Union of Electricity Employees directed its members to ensure total blackout in Kaduna by 00 hours on Saturday, May 15 2021.

“You should liase with other States and Regions through which Kaduna could be back fed to ensure that there is no supply to Kaduna State.”

“Any Station or Officer whose unit is found wanting, the Chapter or State Council will be sanctioned for anti union activities,” NUEE threatened.

While the industrial action is expected to fully begin tomorrow many of the residents of Kaduna State are worried about the hardship it would cause for the ordinary citizens and private businesses hoping that both parties would resort to dialogue.

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