Total blackout in Kaduna as labour commences strike

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THERE is absolute blackout in the state following the commencement of a five-day warning strike embarked upon by labour unions.

The Management of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) disclosed that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) knocked off all its 33KV lines in the state in compliance with the Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC) directive.

This was contained in a statement issued by Abdulazeez Abdullahi, Head of Corporate Communication of the company today in Kaduna.

“In compliance with the NLC directive, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN has knocked off all our 33KV lines in Kaduna State.

“Consequently, we are appealing to all communities, security agencies and vigilante groups to be vigilant so that men of underworld will not cash in on the situation to vandalise power supply installations.

“Any suspicious movement around distribution sub-stations (transformers) should be reported to the relevant security agency”, he said.

He stated that it is the collective responsibility of citizens to protect critical national assets in their neighborhood.

Abdullahi added that the company appeals to both labour unions and Kaduna State Government “to strive at an amicable resolution for normalcy to return”.

Aviation workers in the state had commenced strike yesterday over alleged anti-labout practices by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Meanwhile, El-Rufai has described the NLC as hypocrites.

Among other allegations, NLC is accusing the Kaduna State Government of sacking over 30,000 workers in 2016 and refusing to pay their entitlements.

But in a tweet yesterday night, the governor said ” Fathers Of All Hypocrites: Kaduna will wait for you all – the invisible PDP & affiliates like the hypocritical NLC that is yet to implement the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019 for its own employees”.

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