Coronavirus: Electricity workers threaten shutdown over Power minister


A power outage is looming across the country following threat by the  National Union of Electricity Employees, to disrupt activities in the power sector on account of alleged refusal of the minister,  Saleh Mamman, to self-isolate as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Power Minister and the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, who tested positive to the pandemic, were together in Germany on March 9 to meet with Siemens officials on behalf of the federal government over an electricity supply deal.

The umbrella body of the electricity workers, has however accused Mamman of failing to undergo coronavirus test or obey government’s directive on 14-day self-isolation for every Nigerian who just came into the country.

According to, the Union’s General Secretary, Joe Ajaero, said the Power Minister would be held responsible if any of its members contracted the dreaded disease.

“The union also warned other employers in the sector that it would withdraw services if they failed to provide adequate precautionary measures to protect staff in the sector against COVID-19,” the paper wrote.


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