Power outage ends in Abuja, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger as AEDC resolved issues with employees

NEWS DIGEST – The Ministry of Power has resolved disagreement that led to the shutting down of all operations of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, by the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE.

There was power outage in most parts of Abuja, Nasarawa, Kogi and Niger states on Monday, following a disagreement between the AEDC and its employees.

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, the power ministry disclosed that the dispute has been resolved after the minister, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, along with his state minister, Goddy Jeddy-Agba, met with all the stakeholders in Abuja.

According to the statement, during the meeting all the areas of disagreement were resolved, adding that a timeline had been set for addressing all outstanding issues.

The industrial action was immediately suspended and power restored to all the franchise areas of the AEDC.

The statement said: “A meeting between the leadership of NUEE and relevant government institutions in the power sector over the industrial action which affected the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) franchise area regarding the unresolved dispute with the management of AEDC over unpaid entitlements, it was resolved that; government intervened with the firm arrangement to ensure the payment of the outstanding entitlements of AEDC staff within twenty one (21) days counting from the date of the signing of this MOU.”

The minister assured that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would continue to address all grey areas; to ensure that the power sector reforms embarked upon fully transform the sector.