Nigeria was hit by a nationwide electricity blackout on Wednesday after workers at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) shut the national grid as they began an indefinite strike over what they said were unfair working conditions. The grid capacity dropped to zero by 5:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) from 4,100 MW early on Wednesday, according to TCN. The National Union of Electricity Employees said in a notice to members that it was protesting against discriminatory promotion procedures at the state-owned transmission company and unfair labour practices in the power sector, among other grievances. TCN management and the ministers in charge of power and labour were holding an emergency meeting to resolve the issue. “The national electric power grid has been shut down by union functionaries. In spite of this setback, we are set to restore the grid as quickly as possible,” TCN spokesman Ndidi […]