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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has explained that Nigerians should expect a total black out all over the nation as the organized labour has shut down the national grid following the declaration of an indefinite nationwide strike over the disagreement with federal government on minimum wage

TCC in a statement issued  early Monday by it’s General Manager Public Affairs, Ndidi Mba, said the Labour Union shut down the national grid at about 2;19am on Monday, resulting in black out  nationwide.

“At about 1:15am this morning, the Benin Transmission Operator under the Independent System Operations unit of TCN reported that all operators were driven away from the control room and that staff that resisted were beaten while some were wounded in the course of forcing them out of the control room and without any form of control or supervision, the Benin Area Control Center was brought to zero.

“Other transmission substations that were shut down, by the Labour Union include the Ganmo, Benin, Ayede, Olorunsogo, Akangba and Osogbo Transmission Substations. Some transmission lines were equally opened due to the ongoing activities of the labour union.

“On the power generating side, power generating units from different generating stations were forced to shut down some units of their generating plants, the Jebba Generating Station was forced to shut down one of its generating units while three others in the same substation subsequently shut down on very high frequency. The sudden forced load cuts led to high frequency and system instability, which eventually shut down the national grid at 2:19am.”

The statement noted further that At efforts by the TCN to commence grid recovery is currently facing obstruction by the union

“At about 3:15am, TCN commenced grid recovery, using the Shiroro Substation to attempt to feed the transmission lines supplying bulk electricity to the Katampe Transmission Substation. The situation is such that the labour Union is still obstructing grid recovery nationwide.

“We will continue to make effort to recover and stabilize the grid to enable the restoration of normal bulk transmission of electricity to distribution load centres nationwide,” TCN asdured

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