Striking workers disrupt power firms’ operations


Striking workers under the aegis of the United Labour Congress of Nigeria on Tuesday disrupted the operations of some power distribution companies, as part of measures to make the industrial action effective, The Punch reports.

The strike, which commenced on Monday, has led to the shutdown of fuel depots in Apapa, Lagos and other parts of the country, threatening the supply of petroleum products to filling stations. The Chief Executive Officer, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, an umbrella body for the Discos, Mr. Azu Obiaya, said, “We have got reports that some offices have been shut down by the labour people and subsequently reopened.”

Obiaya, who said the development would affect the ability of the power firms to service their customers, hoped that the strike would not affect electricity supply. “The wires and cables are not necessarily in their offices or business units. So, from that perspective, the impact will be minimal. It is actually the everyday business affairs that go on in the offices that will be more impacted,” he stated.