Black-out as Labour leaders chase away electricity workers from national grid

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has confirmed to the general public that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out nationwide.

The TCN made this known in a statement through its General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, where he noted the national grid shut down occurred at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024.

Mbah explained that about 1:15am this morning, the Benin Transmission Operator under the Independent System Operations unit of TCN reported that all operators were driven away from the control room.

Mbah stated that staff members who tried to resist, were beaten while some were wounded in the course of forcing them out of the control room.

According to Mbah, other transmission substations that were shut down, by the Labour Union include the Ganmo, Benin, Ayede, Olorunsogo, Akangba and Osogbo Transmission Substations, adding that some transmission lines were equally opened due to the ongoing activities of the labour union.

Mbah said, “The power generating side, power generating units from different generating stations were forced to shut down some units of their generating plants, the Jebba Generating Station was forced to shut down one of its generating units while three others in the same substation subsequently shut down on very high frequency.

“The sudden forced load cuts led to high frequency and system instability, which eventually shut down the national grid at 2:19am.

“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 effort to recover and stabilize the grid to enable the restoration of normal bulk transmission of electricity to distribution load centres nationwide.”

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