FG bows to pressure, suspends new electricity tariff amid national outrage

FG bows to pressure, suspends new electricity tariff amid national outrage

- FG has finally bowed to the pressures from Nigerians

- The hike of the electricity tariff has been partially suspended for two weeks

- NERC directed all the distribution companies to stop implementing the new price

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Following massive outrage capped by the partially aborted nationwide protest of the organised labours, the federal government has suspended the new electricity tariff.

The order for the suspension was contained in a statement released by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Tuesday, September 29.

The suspension of the controversial new tariff will take effect for the next two weeks in line with the agreement reached by the federal government, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Legit.ng recalls that the organised labours had suspended their protest scheduled for Monday, September 28, over the hike in the price of motor spirit known as petrol and electricity tariff.

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FG bows to pressure, suspends new electricity tariff amid national outrage

The controversial hike of the electricity tariff has been partially suspended for two weeks. Credit: Twitter (NERCNG).
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The agreement was reached to allow a prompt review of the new price which has been courting controversies since it was announced by the federal government.

NERC has now issued an order to the 11 electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to stop implementing the new price.

Part of the statement read:

"Following a joint communique issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria ("FGN") and the labour unions, the FGN agreed that the recent review in electricity tariffs would be suspended by the Commission for a period of 14-days to further consultations and finalisation of negotiations between the parties."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the House of Representatives withdrew the controversial water resources bill which the lower chamber passed two months ago.

The bill on Tuesday, September 29, caused a row during the plenary of the House as members of the green chamber strongly opposed the procedure adopted in passing the bill

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The shouting march between the lawmakers began when Benjamin Mzondu representing Benue state moved a motion under Matter of Privilege.

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