NEPA/PHCN: Nigerian Electricity Workers Suspend Nationwide Strike, Restores Power Supply

Electricity workers in Africa’s largest economy have called off a day old strike.

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has been suspended its nationwide strike.

The electricity workers had, on Wednesday morning, December 11, 2019, embarked on indefinite strike over failure of the Federal Government to implement their demands.

President of the NUEE, Joe Ajaero had accused the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) of failing to address and pay up over 2,000 disengaged workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) since 2013.

He alleged underpayment of severance of over 50,000 ex-PHCN staff and illegal transfer of schools built by the union to investors.

The union (NUEE) also accused GENCOs of refusing to sign Condition of Service and rules of engagement, adding that some DISCOs were also denying the retirement benefits of some electricity workers.

Following a tripartite meeting between the leaders of the union, BPE and the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, the strike was called off in the early hours of Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Eko Electricity Distribution Company made this known via its Twitter handle @EKEDP on Thursday.

“Dear customer, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike. Our offices & payment channels are open for business. Thank you for your patience & understanding,” the tweet read.

A visit to Twitter trends on Thursday night revealed that power has been restored in many states.

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