TCN Refutes Allegation Of Nationwide Power Outage
FILE PHOTO: High-tension electrical power lines are seen at the Azura-Edo Independent Power Plant (IPP) on the outskirt of Benin City in Edo state, Nigeria June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) rejected a report that inaccurately claimed one of its officials predicted a national blackout.

The Management of TCN addressed the report on Tuesday through its official handle, debunking it and asserting that it is false and highly misleading.

‘The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby states that the publication by Daily Post alleging that the Head of Public Affairs of TCN said that there will be a national blackout is false and totally misleading,’ the statement read.

‘The statement is mischievous and baseless as TCN, through the Public Affairs Head, did not make such statement.’

TCN further clarified that the nation’s grid is intact and supplying bulk electricity to distribution load centers nationwide.

It added that as of when issuing the statement, the TCN National Control Centre Osogbo which controls bulk power transmission nationwide, was actively operational.

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‘We would appreciate that reports are made with a sense of responsibility not just to cause panic,’ TCN said.

According to a report on the Daily Post website on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, electricity workers were reported to have shut down the national grid in response to the organized labor unions’ declaration of an indefinite strike.

‘Ndidi Mbah, the spokesperson for Transmission Company of Nigeria, confirmed this to DAILY POST exclusively on Tuesday,’ Daily Post wrote.

‘According to her, electricity workers, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), followed directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to withdraw their services around 11:20 am on Monday, leading to a nationwide blackout.’

‘Electricity workers are NLC members; they’ve followed the directive by organized labour to withdraw their services from Tuesday’, Daily Post quoted the TCN spokesperson as saying.

Africa Today News, New York

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