NLC Kicks Against New Electricity Tariff
ABUJA – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed concern over what it described as the incessant and exorbitant review of electricity tariff by the federal government.
The union said it believed that the multi-year tariff structure as designed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC) and tacitly approved by government only served the interest of investors in the power sector and had little or no consideration for consumers, most of whom were poor and incapable of paying.
The NLC, in a statement signed by its national president, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, said it was exploitative and saddening that these mindless reviews were not accompanied by commensurate improved services.
“If anything, electricity service delivery has plummeted over the years with consumers compelled to
pay exorbitant tariff rates for incompetence, poor service and fraud,” it said.
The statement further noted, “The previous year, the charge which was N225 had been arbitrarily increased to over N700. This review whether done suddenly or in advance is without justification or rationale and stands condemned as it will negate whatever gains expected to be recorded by the much vaunted reform in the power sector. – LEADERSHIP