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Electricity workers call off nationwide strike

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike for two weeks.

The workers, on Wednesday, commenced the industrial action and shut down major power stations in the country.

The strike was said to have been caused by the contravention of workers’ conditions and default on payment of entitlement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The electricity workers had stormed the Kaduna Regional Headquarters of the TCN and cut off power supply, resulting in a shutdown of the national grid.

Meanwhile, the TCN, in a statement, said it is working to restore power and resolve the industrial dispute as soon as possible.

But after an emergency meeting with Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday night, the NUEE agreed to suspend the strike action.

The spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, also confirmed the development in a statement.

“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has apprehended the strike embarked upon by the NUEE following an emergency meeting between the union, government and other stakeholders, at the instance of the minister,” it read in part.

“At the end of the meeting, the Secretary-General of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, assured the minister that all necessary steps would be taken to restore the supply of electricity to the country immediately.”

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