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Nigeria’s electricity workers suspend strike

Electricity workers in Africa’s largest economy have called off a day old strike.

Nigeria’s electricity workers have suspended a strike that threw swathes of the country into darkness for a little more than 24 hours.

“Dear customer, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike. Our offices and payment channels are open for business. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (Eko Disco) shared on its Twitter page on the morning of Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Electricity Eko

After a 21-day ultimatum, electricity workers in Nigeria finally downed tools on December 11, citing unpaid severance allowances, salaries and pensions owed 50,000 former employees of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) before the country privatized its power sector in 2013.

Nigeria’s power problems have grown even worse after a privatization exercise that pundits say ceded power assets to cronies of the government of the day and was fraught with corruption.

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