The Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN),has explained that it resisted pressure from officials of labour unions on Sunday demanding that all 33KV feeders radiating from its substations within Kaduna state be switched off.
The unions are currently in Kaduna state protesting the mass sack of workers in its employ.
Ndidi Mbah, the agency’s General Manager Public Affairs, who disclosed this in Abuja,
the union functionaries returned later with similar demands amid palpable threats that could escalate and jeopardize national grid security.
She said it was during the encounter that the System Operators were forced to shut down the 33kV feeders from 6:36Hrs Sunday morning.
She said before the encounter,the Kaduna power company had earlier shut down its 11kV feeders, which it started de-loading from 3 am on Sunday.
“The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) hereby states that the ongoing industrial action by the Nigerian Labour Congress in Kaduna State, resulted in the interruption of bulk electricity supply within the state early Sunday morning.
“TCN is mindful of the inconveniences this would cause electricity customers within the state and pray for a peaceful resolution between the parties, to enable the restoration of bulk power supply to our substations for Kaduna Disco to take to its electricity customers. Please bear with us” TCN stated.
Meanwhile,Abdulazeez Abdullahi Head, Corporate Communication,Kaduna Electric,has appealed to all communities, security agencies and vigilante groups to be vigilant so that men of underworld will not cash in on the situation to vandalise power supply installations.
He advised that 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 neighborhood.We once again appeal to both parties in the dispute to strive at an amicable resolution for normalcy to return,” he added.