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Band A clients: NLC calls for new tariff hike reversal

The Nigeria Labour Congress has frowned on the current hike in tariff payable by Band A clients from N206.80 per kilowatt-hour to N209.5/KWh.

While demanding a direct of the brand new tariff, the NLC additionally accused the Federal Government of insensitivity and insincerity.

In a press release on Thursday, the President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, disclosed that the hike in electrical energy tariff represented the peak of impunity and conceitedness, saying the event would put extra firms out of enterprise in addition to create extra difficulties for customers.

DisCos had on Wednesday introduced a brand new spherical of tariff hikes.

 According to them, the brand new tariff accredited by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission was as a consequence of their excessive operational prices occasioned by rising inflation, and change fee fluctuations.

Ajaero recalled that through the current nationwide strike, the Federal Government promised to handle the hike in Band A tariff from 68/kWh, questioning why the following step taken was one other tariff hike as an alternative of a downward evaluation.

 Ajaero stated, “This increment has come on the heels of unresolved contestations across the insane 250 per cent hike in tariff resulting in nationwide paralysis together with the shutting down of 300 companies as per the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

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 “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 talked about.

 Meanwhile, the NLC president decried one other hike as an alternative of a reversal, arguing that that is additional proof of the insincerity of the federal government simply as it’s equally a measure of the federal government’s insensitivity.

 “We do not doubt that this frequent crass display of insincerity and insensitivity will pit the people against the government or vice versa,” he said.

 Ajaero defined that the three excuses given by DisCo (change fee, rate of interest and value of fuel) as justification for this enhance “underscore our argument that the government and entities in the energy sector are not serious about finding an enduring solution to our energy crisis”.

 He emphasised, Given the additional injury this newest wave of enhance will do to our financial system, we demand a direct reversal of the hike. It is unjustifiable, unreasonable and malevolent. Government and DisCos ought to cease killing the folks and the financial system.”

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