The federal ministry of power, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and other top government agencies in the electricity supply industry yesterday intervened in the crisis rocking the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
LEADERSHIP gathered that the intervention was led by minister of state for Power, Mr Goddy Judy-Agba, NERC chairman, Sanusi Garba, director general of the Bureau for Public Enterprises, Mr Alex Okoh, and other top government officials
Following the intervention, the AEDC workers called off the strike which they embarked on yesterday morning which plunged five states and the federal capital territory into darkness .
Confirming the development to LEADERSHIP, Comrade Godfrey Abah, FCT council chairman of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), said the strike was called off after reaching an agreement with management of the company that their demands will be met within 21 days.
The strike had interrupted power evacuation from injection substations to the AEDC franchise areas for distribution to electricity end users.
The franchise areas under AEDC including Abuja, Nasarawa, Kogi, parts of Edo, Niger and Kaduna States had been thrown into blackout as a result.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had said though it has available bulk power for delivery to the distribution load centres of the AEDC for offtake to its customers but was constrained by the shutdown of AEDC operations by its striking workers.