The lingering face-off between the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), has intensified and sparked rumours of an impending nation-wide black out.
TCN has refuted this claim. According to a statement made to journalists by its General Manager Public Affairs, Seun Olagunju, in Abuja, the security breach by the union at its corporate headquarters has not affected the wheeling of electricity.
She explained that the wheeling of electricity is carried out at the regional offices where the engineers are stationed and still performing their duty.
“engineers whose core duty it is to ensure that electricity is efficiently wheeled through high tension transmission lines and substations located in various areas across the country, work in regional offices and work centres. Presently, these engineers are at their duty posts, performing their duties assiduously. As such, the issue of imminent blackout does not arise.”
The statement further clarified that the headquarters staff barred from accessing their offices only perform administrative and supervisory roles and have been in touch with the staff at the regional offices by means of telephone and internet services.
TCN said the union protest which resulted as a fall out of “outstanding labour issues related to the privatization of PHCN” was brought under control by the Nigeria Police Force
The TCN management further assures that talks are ongoing between both parties to resolve the issue.