Blackout Looms As Nigerian Electricity Workers Get Set To Embark On Nationwide Strike
A new directive has been issued by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).
On Sunday, the union instructed its members to withdraw their services nationwide in response to the Nigerian government’s sudden removal of fuel subsidies.
In a notice signed by its acting general secretary, Dominic Igwebike, the NUEE urged its members to comply with the directive and cease work beginning Wednesday morning.
On Monday, in his inaugural address at Eagle Square in Abuja, President Bola Tinubu declared that the petroleum subsidy regime would no longer exist because it was unsustainable.
Following the announcement, the NNPCL on Wednesday instructed its outlets across the nation to sell petrol between N480 and N570 per litre, an increase of nearly 200 percent from the initial price of less than N200 per litre.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced on Friday that it will launch a nationwide protest the following Wednesday if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector. On Wednesday, the Nigerian Union of Journalists also threatened to join the strike.
In a letter sent to its members on Sunday, the NUEE explained that its decision was a response to the NLC emergency national executive council (NEC) meeting held on 2 June at the Labour House in Abuja to discuss the sudden removal of the fuel subsidy, which, according to the NUEE, caused untold hardship for Nigerians as well as a rise in inflation.
“All National, State, and Chapter Executives are hereby requested to begin mobilising her members in full compliance with this directive,” the statement read.
“Please be advised that the nationwide withdrawal of Services will begin at 00:00 UTC on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
“You are encouraged to work with the leadership of State Executive Councils (SEC) of the Congress in your respective states to ensure the success of this action,” the letter stated.