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NUEE joins strike, shuts TCN control centre in Osogbo

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Members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) have complied with the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the organized labour by shutting the gate of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Osogbo, Osun state, and barricaded the entrance to the control centre.

The Workers, led by the chairman of the Lagos Generation and Transmission Council, Comrade Musibau Okunloye, arrived at the TCN gate on Ikirun Road, Osogbo, around 8 AM to carry out the action.

It was gathered that they used a white private car to block the road even after closing the gate.

Comrade Okunloye, who confirmed to newsmen that no worker was inside the TCN premises, said: “No worker is inside the offices, we have withdrawn them from service because of a directive from the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress due to those issues that we are agitating for.

“The minimum wage and the hike in electricity tariff, are the two major issues and these two issues concern the generality of Nigerians, not only workers.

“See this tariff hike in electricity, it is too bad. There is nowhere in the world where you will see the industry and ordinary commercial and the residents increasing the same tariff.

“My appeal to the Federal government is to listen to labour and agree with them. Labour is forced to be reckoned with. But in Nigeria today, we are seeing labour, they are nothing. So they should consider labour first in any policy that they have now.”

Similarly, the gate of the Osun State Government Secretariat, Abere was shut as security operatives including, Operatives of the Nigerian Police and Civil Defence Corps manned the entrance with guns.

Workers who are on special duties are denied the opportunity to enter to resume their duty posts.

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