BREAKING: Nationwide blackout as labour union allegedly shuts down national grid

In a shocking turn of events, a nationwide blackout has engulfed the country as striking workers from a labour union have been alleged to have deliberately shut down the national grid. 

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) confirmed the incident, with its Public Affairs Manager, Ndidi Mbah, issuing a statement from Abuja early Monday morning, June 3, 2024.

According to the statement, the nationwide outage occurred around 2:19am on Monday, June 3rd, 2024, as a result of the labour union's actions. The TCN spokesperson argued that the shutdown was a deliberate move by the striking workers, highlighting the severity of the situation.

The statement reads: “The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby informs the general public that the labour union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out nationwide.

"The national grid shut down occured at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024.

“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.

“At about 3.23am, however, 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,” the statement concluded.
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