Electricity tariff hike: NLC commends Senate, describes DisCos' plan as modern-day slavery

Electricity tariff hike: NLC commends Senate, describes DisCos' plan as modern-day slavery

- NLC has reacted to the planned hike in electricity price by DisCos

- The Senate had on Monday, June 29, stopped the plan by the DisCos

- Ayuba Wabba, the president of NLC, said it would mobilise workers to resist any attempts on the hike in essential public utility charges

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Following the aborted increment of electricity tariff by the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted.

Guardian reports that the NLC said that it would mobilise workers to resist any attempts on the hike in essential public utility charges.

Legit.ng gathered that the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, gave the warning in a statement on Wednesday, July 1, in Abuja, the nation's capital.

Wabba said that Nigerians were still going through some of the worst socio-economic vicissitudes caused by the novel coronavirus disease.

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Electricity price hike: NLC reacts, says DisCos' plan is modern-day slavery on Nigerians
The president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, says the labour group would resist any attempt to hike the price of electricity. Credit: Ayuba Wabba.
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The labour leader was reacting to the recent attempt by DisCos, acting under the auspices of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), to unilaterally increase electricity tariff by about 100% from July 1, 2020.

He described the planned move as insensitive and provocative.

Wabba said that Nigerians would recall that a similar move was made in March 2020, by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) but was successfully rebuffed by the NLC and the Nigerian public.

According to him, NLC rejects any further hike in electricity tariff, the pump price of petrol and other essential public utility charges.

He said: “The NLC is fully ready to mobilise our people to resist attempts by anyone to impose modern-day slavery on Nigerians, be they DisCos or regulators of public utilities.

“We insist that further hike in tariff and user access charges at this time of great socio-economic dislocation would be ultra-insensitive, callous and a pre-meditated attempt to send many Nigerians, workers, pensioners and businesses to untimely graves.

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He said that DisCos must also repay bailout funds they had unjustly collected from public coffers, adding that the provision of pre-paid meters, transformers and investment in the sector are statutorily the job of the DisCos, not consumers or the government.

Wabba said that DisCos were fully aware of the conditions before subscribing to the power sector privatisation programme.

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He urged DisCos to stop the lies, deceit and exploitation of the Nigerian people.

“On the strength of the open admission by DisCos in Nigeria to their own grand incompetence and crass failure, we call on the federal government to immediately set in motion processes for the review of the power sector privatisation. Enough is enough.

“The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress reiterates its resolve to act on the side and in the interest of the Nigerian people, workers and pensioners always,’’ Wabba added.

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He also commended the intervention by the Senate in calling off the threat by DisCos to hike the electricity tariff.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ahmad Lawan, Nigeria's Senate president, urged electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to install functional meters for their customers before planning any tariff increase.

It was reported that Lawan spoke on Tuesday, June 30, after he and the speaker of the House of Representatives met with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the proposed increase in electricity tariff.

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