NLC demands reversal of new tariff hike for Band A customers

NLC president Joe Ajaero

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has kicked against the fresh hike in tariff for Band A customers from N206.80/KWh to N209.5/KWh.

The NLC has accused the Federal Government of insensitivity and insincerity, demanding an immediate reversal.

In a statement, the President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, disclosed that the hike in electricity tariff represented the height of impunity and arrogance, saying the development would put more companies out of business as well as create more difficulties for consumers.

DisCos had on Wednesday announced a new round of tariff hikes.

According to them, the new tariff approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission was due to their high operational costs occasioned by rising inflation, and exchange rate fluctuations.

Ajaero recalled that during the recent national strike, the Federal Government promised to address the hike in Band A tariff from 68/kWh, wondering why the next step taken was another tariff hike instead of a downward review.

Ajaero said, “This increment has come on the heels of unresolved contestations around the insane 250 per cent hike in tariff leading to national paralysis including the shutting down of 300 businesses as per the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

“The 250 per cent hike drew the ire of the citizenry and rage of organised labour whose members went on a one-day protest for its unreasonableness and violation of extant rules of tariff hike.”

“We had demanded a reversal. The only reason that action was paused was a firm assurance from relevant quarters including the National Assembly that the matter would be dealt with quietly,” he mentioned.

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