Nigeria may witness a nationwide blackout on Friday if the organized labour makes good its promise to shut down the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) across the country.
The grouse of the labour unions borders on the tariff being charged by the DISCOS which they claim is not commensurate with the power being supplied.
Other issues that pitched the unions against the DISCOS also include the perceived de-unionisation of workers and alleged victimization of labour leaders by the new investors.
The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Kwara and Kogi states and the leadership of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, issued a seven-day ultimatum, April 16, to the Federal Government, owners of affected DISCOs and power plants to address their concerns or face industrial action. Street Journal found out that as of the time the ultimatum expired on Wednesday, none of the issues raised by the aggrieved party had been addressed.
As such, activities at the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC; Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, IEDC, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC; Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC; Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC; Jos Electricity Distribution Company, JEDC; Transcorp Electricity Ughelli; Egbin Power Plc; Geregu Power Plc and Olorunshogo Power Plc might be affected.
Meanwhile, a meeting scheduled for Wednesday between the labour leaders and the owners of the DISCOS was rescheduled for Thursday.
Fears are however being expressed as members of the organized Labour in Delta and Ondo States have disclosed that the outcome of the meeting notwithstanding, they will paralyze activities at the DISCOS in their respective states on Friday.