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NLC, TUC Strike: National Grid Restoration Begins, Flight Operations, Others Resume

NLC, TUC Strike: National Grid Restoration Begins, Flight Operations, Others Resume

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed that the restoration of the National grid has begun to restore electricity supply, hours after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) suspended its indefinite strike.

Following the strike suspension, TCN said power recovery has begun with the Shiroro Hydropower Substation which will then restore supply to Katampe substation.

TCN in a statement on Monday confirmed that the nationwide blackout was caused by the organized Labour’s planned strike.

“At about 3.23am, however, TCN commenced grid recovery, using the Shiroro Substation to attempt to feed the transmission lines supplying bulk electricity to the Katampe Transmission Substation.

The situation is such that the labour Union is still obstructing grid recovery nationwide.

“We will continue to make efforts to recover and stabilize the grid to enable the restoration of normal bulk transmission of electricity to distribution load centres nationwide”,

TCN stated on Monday.

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Recall that the organized labour on Monday shut down the country’s National grid to press home their demand for a new minimum wage implementation.

Flight operations have also resumed at airports around the country, after aviation unions removed the barricade at terminals.

This was confirmed by the General Secretary, Air Traffic Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Mr Francis Akinjole.

Akinjole said that the strike was ‘relaxed’ for a week to enable the unions to continue talks with the Federal Government on a new minimum wage.

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He said that all blocked access points at the domestic airport terminals I (General Aviation Terminal) and II (Murtala Muhammed Airport II, Lagos) and others had been opened.

Similarly, the President General of the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Mr Alale Adedayo, said that the organised labour had accepted the Federal Government’s offer for continued negotiations.

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Adedayo said that flight operations had re-started on the domestic wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that activities at the domestic wing are in full swing.

Passengers were seen boarding Value Jet, Ibom Air, Arik Air and United Nigeria Airline at Murtala Mohammed Airport II managed by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd.

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