The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) has confirmed that the loss of electricity supply in Imo State is due to the ongoing industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). The EEDC’s Head Corporate Communication, Emeka Ezeh, issued a statement in Owerri on Wednesday, explaining that the blackout is the result of the alleged “violent disruption and unprovoked assault on Imo State workers by agents of Imo State Government during the May Day celebration.”
Following the joint Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the NLC and TUC on Monday, the organized labor resolved that “all affiliates of both NLC and TUC in Imo State are to withdraw their services beginning from 12 midnight on Tuesday”. As a consequence, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which is EEDC’s primary source of power supply, was forced to shut down in the state by 00:00 hours on Tuesday.
According to Ezeh, the power outage affects all customers of EEDC in Imo State under its Owerri, New Owerri, Orlu, and Mbaise districts. He acknowledged the inconvenience the situation causes to customers and expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved promptly to restore electricity supply to customers.
The EEDC’s Head Corporate Communication also urged customers to be vigilant during the outage period and ensure the electricity infrastructure serving them is not attacked by vandals who might want to take advantage of the situation. He reassured customers of EEDC’s commitment to delivering improved services to them.
The NLC strike has resulted in a power outage in Imo State, affecting EEDC’s customers in several districts. The shutdown is due to the alleged “violent disruption and unprovoked assault on Imo State workers by agents of Imo State Government during the May Day celebration.” The EEDC has urged customers to be vigilant during the period of outage and assured them of its commitment to delivering improved services