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The Federal Government has dismissed a report of alleged plan by members of the National Union of Electricity Employees to disrupt power transmission.
The government said on Friday in a statement by the Director of Press, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Timothy Oyedeji, that it was not aware of such a plan by the union.
According to the statement, the report has led to needless fears of a nationwide blackout.
The statement said, “The ministry, after consulting with the management of Transmission Company of Nigeria, wishes to state in clear terms that it is not aware of any declaration of industrial dispute by NUEE or any lawful notice of strike against TCN. Therefore, no member of staff of TCN has any legitimate cause to absent him or herself from duty.
“The ministry is fully aware that the police initiated heightened security measures at the Power Holding Company of Nigeria headquarters building at 14, Zambezi Crescent Maitama, Abuja, which is also the head office of TCN.
“The heightened security became necessary as a result of a series of security breaches in the building by persons who claimed to be carrying out the instructions of NUEE, some of whom were not identified by TCN as their staff. “
“The most recent incident was targeted at officers of the Nigeria Police who were in the building on official assignments and accompanied by officials of the ministry.”
The statement added that the heightened security measures were not meant to lock out any official of TCN or any member of the public.
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