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National grid restored after strike suspension – NUEE

The National Union of Electricity Employees said the national grid has been restored after the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress suspended their strike.

NUEE National President, Adebiyi Adeyeye, confirmed this to PUNCH Online in an interview on Tuesday.

“The strike has been suspended, which means the grid has come back to normal. It is on already,” Adeyeye told our correspondent over the phone.

The PUNCH reported earlier that organised labour on Monday began a nationwide strike over the Federal Government’s refusal to raise the proposed minimum wage from N60,000 and reverse the Band A tariff to N65 per kilowatt-hour instead of N206/KWh.

In compliance, the electricity workers swung into action by shutting down the national grid, plunging the nation into darkness in the early hours of Monday.

In a statement on Monday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria said its workers on duty were beaten and wounded by union leaders who stormed its offices to send them out.

But Adeyeye debunked the allegation, saying the union only withdrew its members in compliance with the directive of the organised labour.

The organised labour has suspended the strike for five days to resume negotiations with the Federal Government on a minimum wage that is above N60,000.

Our correspondent observed that the grid has yet to be fully restored at the time of filing this report.

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