Blackout looms as electricity workers join NLC protest today

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), which represents the electricity workers, insisted on Sunday that they would protest alongside the Nigeria Labour Congress and Academic Staff Union of Universities, which increased the likelihood that Nigerians would experience more blackouts beginning on Tuesday.

Workers had planned to stage a national protest on July 26 and 27 in support of the ASUU strike.

Employees at financial institutions, insurance companies, and the aviation industry have all pledged to participate in the protest.

In a letter dated July 22, Joe Ajaero, general secretary of NUEE, instructed all of its members to take part in the demonstration against the protracted closure of tertiary institutions.

“In line with the NLC’s directive and our position which was made known at the Central Working Committee and National Executive Council meeting of Congress.

“All members of the union are enjoined to massively mobilise and actively participate in the NLC/ASUU solidarity protest against the continued closure of the nation’s tertiary institutions, schedule for July 26/27, 2022.

“You are encouraged to work with the leadership of State Executi Councils of the congress in your various states with a view having a successful outing. Aluta Continua!”

For the seventh time in 2022, the nation’s energy system (national grid) collapsed last week, disrupting daily operations for many people and companies.

Electricity workers’ participation in the two-day protest, according to power industry stakeholders, could lead to some disruption in the power sector’s recuperation.

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