TCN denies national blackout amid labour nationwide strike

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has denied the report of a nationwide blackout over the ongoing strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (TUC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

TCN emphasised that the claim made by an online news outlet alleging that the Head of Public Affairs of TCN predicted a national blackout was inaccurate and misleading.

This was revealed in a statement signed by TCN management which was shared on its X account on Tuesday.

The statement clarified that no such declaration was made by the Public Affairs Head, disclosing that the country’s power grid remained intact, consistently providing substantial electricity to distribution load centers across the nation.

The statement said, “The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby states that the publication by Daily Post alleging that the Head of Public Affairs of TCN said that there will be a national blackout is false and totally misleading.

“The statement is mischievous and baseless as TCN, through the Public Affairs Head, did not make such statement.

“We hereby note that the nation’s grid is intact and supplying bulk electricity to distribution load centers nationwide.

“As at when issuing this statement, the TCN National Control Centre Osogbo which controls bulk power transmission nationwide, is actively operational.”

The indefinite strike which began on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, is called by the organised labour to protest the brutalisation of Joe Ajaero, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Owerri last week allegedly by persons believed to be loyal to the Imo Statement government. 

The NLC and its affiliate unions were in Owerri to protest against unresolved issues with the state government.

✍️ Temitope Hassan