The nationwide blackout experienced on Wednesday with respect to the industrial action of the National Union of Electrical Employees (NUEE) has provoked reactions on the Nigerian Twittersphere.
The NUEE had embarked on a nationwide strike over the failure of the federal government to dialogue with the union to resolve the lingering issues in the sector.
There were also reports that the blackout was as a result of the industrial action by electricity workers.
Despite the suspension of the strike on Thursday, there was still no light across the country, prompting many Nigerians to take to social media platforms to register their annoyance.
“Everyone is shouting Nepa, PHCN and #Blackout up and down, but the truth I that if Nepa didn’t announce that they were going on strike, we won’t have even known. It will just be like the regular light blackouts we experience regularly,” a Twitter user said.
“Dear NEPA or PHCN or whatever you’re called, You said you’re on strike for reason(s) best known to you abi? No wahala, just know that I’m also going to be on strike on your payment this month. I can’t be paying for your silly #blackout,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Dear NEPA or PHCN or whatever you're called,
You said you're on strike for reason(s) best known to you abi? No wahala, just know that I'm also going to be on strike on your payment this month.
— Cruscio 🎤🎤 🎤 (@CruscioComedy) December 12, 2019
Everyone is shouting Nepa, PHCN and #Blackout up and down, but the truth I that if Nepa didn’t announce that they were going on strike, we won’t have even known. It will just be like the regular light blackouts we experience regularly.
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@FOnyeoziri) December 12, 2019
Buhari promised Nigeria 24/7 light by 2019. But now NEPA and AEDC dey tell us National Grid collapse.
— Isaac Somto (@iamisaacsomto) December 12, 2019
In my country named Nigeria one day Nation union of electricity employees (NUEE) (Nepa or Phcn or Ibedc or whatever) decided a nationwide #blackout because of an industrial action. To me this is nothing but an absolute disgrace. Shame on Nigeria, Yes i said it. We're fucked!! 😞
— DOPEZZY✳️ (@Tom_Dopezzy) December 12, 2019
What would be very funny is when NEPA, or PHCN, or IBEDC eventually decide to call of this madness and they still bring bring us bills without properly removing the charges for this strike days 😑🤨#PHCN #blackout
— TheLady (@Madetonaa) December 12, 2019
Government didn't pay NEPA abi PHCN money and they decided to punish the whole nation that have done their own parts.
The Govt that are either not around or using steady inverters are not even suffering the punishment with us.
— SURPRISE 🔱⚔️ (@oluwanjomiloju) December 12, 2019
There are some parts of Nigeria that are not affected with this, they have big gen and their Nepa light is still standby till now . My brothers and sisters, please and please make sure you have money in this life #blackout pic.twitter.com/iZHqJepklF
— Niyi of Ilorin 😎 (@iam_kamill) December 12, 2019
— Click It ☆ (@itsOlami) December 12, 2019
A sensible Government will attend and give credence to urgent matters in his own Country before embarking on FRUITLESS TRIP or CANCELL the trip. That how you know a Sensible, compassionate Government. Close to 24 hours of #blackout yet no STATEMENT from the Government. #blackout
— United! (@unitedyusuf) December 12, 2019
— four-eyed Edo boy's Attorney (@special_person_) December 12, 2019
— OmoBabaDozen🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@SkyHokeykey) December 12, 2019
— Oluwafunminiyi John (@JayWisdom19) December 12, 2019
NEPA has been on strike in some parts of Nigeria especially areas in Lagos for over six months now.
— Enigma⚡💫 (@Nonsoikechukwu1) December 12, 2019
— AHB'EL⚕️ (@Abelgarey) December 12, 2019
— Major General Aaby 🇳🇬 (@nestaseyi) December 12, 2019
How long will it take this disappointing National Grid to resurrect from its deadly collapse?
— Gbemi Dennis™ (@GbemiDennis) December 12, 2019
It’s always from one issue to another in this god forsaken country 🙄#blackout
— ighobillionz (@ighobillionz) December 12, 2019
— Yiujin_official (@Iameuqene) December 12, 2019
Change of name would not translate to better service delivery from NEPA to #PHCN to @IBEDC_NG they remain committed to #blackout .Electricity has remained the biggest impediment to business survival in Nigeria. How much has the government of #Buhari spent so far on this? pic.twitter.com/01FDSBuBXs
— IbadanCity ANNOUNCER (@ibcityannouncer) December 12, 2019
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