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Nigeria Power Union Strike Causes Nationwide Blackout

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The Associated Press

Associated Press

Chinedu Asadu

ABUJA, NIGERIA ”Firm Sits (AP) — Striking power workers shut down Nigeria’s power grid on Wednesday, leaving West Africa’s More than 200 million people in the country plunged, officials said, with citizens trapped in darkness for hours.

A nationwide power outage hit the country in the afternoon just after trade unions went on strike to protest non-payment of benefits to former union members and other issues related to working conditions, according to the Nigeria Transmission Company. started.

"Several 330kV transmission lines across the power system network and his 33kV feeder lines were cut by union members, resulting in multiple voltage surges at key stations and substations." company spokeswoman Ndidi Mbah said in a statement.

Mbah said negotiations with the union had been underway for several days without success.

About 12 hours after the company's statement, power was restored in parts of the country after the Electric Workers' Union announced the end of the strike.

On social media, many people have expressed their anger and frustration at the strike, and the plight of many businesses and households already running on gasoline generators as a result of the inadequate electricity supply. worsened, they said.

Such strikes, along with lack of generation and frequent collapses of the power grid, have been attributed to inadequate power supplies, a decades-long challenge for many Nigerians. It's here.

According to the World Bank-backed 2022 Energy Progress Report, in 2020, 92 million Nigerians were without electricity, more than any other country in the world.