NLC, TUC Give NERC May 12 Deadline To Reverse Hike.

NLC, TUC Give NERC May 12 Deadline To Reverse Hike.

Nigeria Labour Congress and its Trade Union Congress of Nigeria counterpart have given the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission till May 12 to withdraw the recent hike in electricity tariff or face unprecedented industrial action.

The ultimatum was issued in a joint letter to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, dated May 3, 2024, and copied to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Ministers of Labour and Power and the electricity distribution companies, DisCos, among others, Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo, President of NLC and its TUC’s counterpart.

The organized labour said, the decision is not just morally reprehensible considering the difficulties Nigerians are faced with currently, but it blatantly disregards fundamental principles and statutory obligations in the face of justice and fairness.

The statement also said, the demand is an immediate reversal of the hike in electricity tariff to N65/kwh, as well as immediate cessation of the discriminatory practice of segregating electricity consumers into arbitrary bands, and restoration of the supremacy of the statutes governing the conduct of operators within the electricity industry.

This is coming after on April 3, the NERC approved an increase in electricity tariff for customers under the Band A category to N225 per kWh, from N66, while, the commission said, customers under the classification are those who receive 20 hours of electricity supply daily.

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