The Power sector workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees on Sunday insisted that they would join the solidarity protest of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to kick against the prolonged closure of tertiary institutions in the country.
The electricity workers made this known in a letter titled, ‘Nigeria Labour Congress/ASUU Solidarity Protest,’ with reference, NUEE/NS/2022/008 issued by the General Secretary, NUEE, Joe Ajaero, to the vice presidents of states and administrative councils chapter secretaries of the union.
The letter dated July 22, 2022, read in part, “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 Executive Councils of the congress in your various states with a view having a successful outing. Aluta Continua!”
With this development, Power industry stakeholders believe that Nigeria may be faced with another round of blackouts from Tuesday as the protest might cause some instability to the recovering power sector.
The National electricity grid collapsed last Wednesday and caused blackouts across the country. The grid collapse led to the crash of power generation from over 3,900 megawatts to 3MW.
According to a report after the collapse, power grid crashed from the 3,921.8MW that was generated at 6am on Wednesday to as low as 50MW around 12.23pm, causing a widespread blackout across the country.