- The NLC has faulted the new electricity tariff increase announced by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
- The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba said the tariff increase was dead on arrival
- The labour leader described the tariff hike as a plot to exploit poor Nigerians
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has faulted the new electricity tariff increase announced by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
The NLC, in a statement signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba said the tariff increase was dead on arrival, Leadership reported.
The labour leader described the tariff hike as a plot to exploit poor Nigerians.
He said the increase will be resisted by the Nigerian working class and people.
Wabba accused the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) of attempting to impoverish Nigerians through the astronomical tariff increase.
He argued that the tariff increase was illegal since it was against the direct orders of President Buhari that the plans by DISCOs to hike electricity tariff should be suspended until further notice.
“We are not aware of any order by the government or the elected representatives of the Nigerian people de-freezing the order to suspend any plans to inflict more pocket and psychological trauma on Nigerians by way of reckless and insensitive hike in electricity tariff," Wabba said.
Legit.ng had reported that Nigerians would have to pay more for power supply as the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) begin to implement the increment in electricity tariffs.
The implementation of the new electricity tariff regime was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday, August 31, by the distribution companies.
According to Premium Times, DisCos notified customers that they would commence the implementation of the new tariffs beginning from Tuesday, September 1.
Meanwhile, some youths in Minna, Niger state on Monday, morning August 31, blocked one of the major roads in the state capital to protest incessant power supply in the area.
The outraged youth also sent away the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Matane, who had accosted and appealed to them to open up the roads and stop the protest.
The youth declared they were tired of the epileptic power supply, saying the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was taking residents for granted.
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