Kaduna electric has plunged the state into darkness over the industrial action embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), brushing aside the initial threats by Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i to arrest and prosecute the President of the workers, Ayuba Wabba.
Recall that National leadership of the electricity union on May 11, 2021, directed its members to withdraw its services based on the directives of Congress.
Head of Corporate Communication, Abdul-Azeez Abdullahi in a statement on Sunday said the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN has knocked off all our 33KV lines in Kaduna State.
It appealed to all Communities, security agencies and vigilante groups to be vigilant so that men of the underworld will not cash in on the situation to vandalise power supply installations.
“Any suspicious movement around distribution sub-stations (transformers) should be reported to the relevant security agency.
“We have the collective responsibility to protect these critical national assets in our neighbourhood.
“We once again appeal to both parties in the dispute to strive at an amicable resolution for normalcy to return, the statement said.
But the Kaduna State Government on Saturday threatened to arrest the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba if the union goes ahead with the strike on Saturday, over 15 unions have indicated their interest to join the strike in solidarity with the Kaduna workers.
The State Head of Service, Mr. Bariatu Muhammed, and the Commissioner, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jafar Sani, also dismissed the threat by labour unions to shut down critical services as a futile gesture, warning that it would not condone any disruption of essential services in the state as a result of the strike.
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