The hours of nationwide power outage following the strike by electricity workers and the collapse of the National Grid must not be allowed to happen again.
Rising from an emergency meeting of the Abuja Broadcast Stations Managers on Thursday, the new Chairman, Fatima Abbas-Hassan says the situation has caused “untold hardship” to Nigerians in the last 24 hours.
Households and businesses including radio and television stations across the country are affected a great deal by the power outage. In a press release, Abbas-Hassan says the managers urge the Federal Government to urgently address the concerns raised by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) so that the strike does not resume in February next year as threatened by the aggrieved electricity workers.
Abbas-Hassan also says “there is need for a joint meeting to resolve pending issues between the workers, TCN, Gencos, Discos and all stakeholders involved towards finding a lasting solution to the problems bedevilling the power sector” in the country.
It will be recalled that the electricity employees embarked on an industrial action that lasted for 24 hours after a 21-day ultimatum. Their Union is demanding for the payment of severance package to retrenched workers since 2013, payment of salary arrears to their members, and reversal of the illegal transfer of union proprietors to investors.
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