Attention of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has been drawn to reports that the leadership of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has issued instructions to its Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, members to stay away from their duty posts.
The reports have understandably led to fears of a nationwide blackout, as has also been reported.
A statement from the ministry’s director of Press, Timothy Oyedeji, after consulting the management of TCN, stated that it was not aware of any declaration of industrial dispute by NUEE, or any lawful strike notice against TCN.
It therefore stated that no staff of TCN had any legitimate cause to absent him or herself from duty.
It was mentioned in the statement issued on Friday that the ministry had confirmed from TCN that appropriate contingencies were being put in place to safeguard the national grid to avert any unnecessary inconvenience and suffering for its customers and the Nigerian public.
Also, the statement confirmed TCN’s directives that “any member of staff who absents him or herself from work without a legitimate reason should be prepared to forego any compensation for the period of such absence and to face the disciplinary processes that govern his or her employment contract with TCN.”
The ministry noted it was fully aware the Nigeria Police initiated heightened security measures at the PHCN headquarters building at No 14, Zambezi Crescent, Maitama, which is also the head office of TCN.
The heightened security, according to the statement, became necessary as a result of series of security breaches in the building by persons who claimed to be carrying out the instructions of NUEE, some of whom were not identified by TCN as their staff.
It further explained that heightened security measures were not meant to lock out any official of TCN or any member of the public who has legitimate business with TCN, noting that the police put the measures in place to protect government facilities and operations.
It also said the measures are also meant to ensure the building is accessible only to persons who are authorised to be in the building by TCN or the ministry.

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