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The Suspension of Night Shift at UCH due to N495m Electricity Debt



At the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan in Oyo State, workers have halted all night shifts as per NewsNow reports.

They have decided to downscale their operations, limiting their working hours to 8.00 am to 4.00 pm daily. This arrangement will continue until the hospital’s electricity supply is restored.

NewsNow learned that the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, disconnected UCH from the national grid on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, citing a N495m outstanding debt.

Despite the electricity distribution company’s claims, the hospital workers have confirmed the suspension of all night shifts with immediate effect.

The Chairman of the Joint Action Committee, representing all unions in the hospital, Oludayo Olabampe, discussed the decision with NewsNow on Wednesday, highlighting the impact of the power outage on patient care.

Olabampe mentioned that without electricity, the hospital cannot provide services in the evening hours.

He addressed the ongoing situation, stating, “We have downscaled our operations due to the prolonged power outage. Our working hours are now limited from 8 am to 4 pm daily until the electricity supply is restored.”

“Following the absence of restored power, we commenced with this scaled-down schedule since yesterday. This maneuver has been in effect for the third week now.”