Power Transmission not Affected by Current Labour Crisis
The management of The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has clarified that it is not involved in the on going labour crisis currently rocking some Electricity Distribution Companies in the country as has been insinuated by some media publications. Some publications have even predicted a looming nationwide blackout due to the ongoing labour lockdown of the TCN headquarters in Abuja.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria wishes to state that there would be no blackout in the nation as TCN staff in its regional offices nationwide, who are responsible for the actual wheeling of bulk electricity, are at their duty posts, ensuring that electricity generated by power generating stations is seamlessly transmitted to distribution load centres nationwide.
In a statement signed by the GM (Public Affairs), Seun Olagunju, TCN explained that the on-going labour issues affect administrative work only at the corporate headquarters of TCN and that the company’s ability to carry out its core duty of wheeling bulk electricity is not in any way hampered by the inability of staff at the corporate headquarters (whose core duties are mainly administrative and supervisory), to temporarily gain access to their offices. Moreover, engineers whose core duty it is to ensure that electricity is efficiently wheeled through high tension transmission lines and substations located in various areas across the country, work in the regional offices and work centres. Presently, these engineers are at their duty posts, performing their duties assiduously. As such, the issue of imminent blackout does not arise.
According to the statement, because the company recognizes the importance of coordinating and supervising the activities of TCN regional offices by the Corporate Headquarters, communication between key management staff and the regions has been continuous through the telephone and Internet services.
TCN assures its customers and the public that meetings are however currently on-going between the affected parties to quickly resolve outstanding issues.
TCN reiterates its commitment to continue to work with other stakeholders towards the growth of the sector and improvement of power supply in Nigeria.