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Nigeria labour group accuses FG of insensitivity over new Electricity tariff hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the Federal Government of insensitive to the plight of Nigerians with its recent increase in electricity tariff.

NLC Deputy President Joe Ajaero said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) disregarded the joint committee set up by the government to work on the new electricity tariff regime by its fresh hike in tariff.

Ajaero, who is also a member of the committee headed by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said the committee was yet to submit its report before the NERC action.

The industry regulatory body, NERC had this week announced fresh hike in electricity tariff of 100 percent on certain categories of consumers with effect from January 1, 2021.

The new tariff hike was attributed to the surging inflation and exchange rate of the naira, which put power distribution companies at a disadvantage.

Ajaero, who spoke on Channels Television programme noted that: “There was a tariff increase by November which is being contested.

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the Federal Government of insensitive to the plight of Nigerians with its recent increase in electricity tariff.

NLC Deputy President Joe Ajaero said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) disregarded the joint committee set up by the government to work on the new electricity tariff regime by its fresh hike in tariff.

Ajaero, who is also a member of the committee headed by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said the committee was yet to submit its report before the NERC action.

The industry regulatory body, NERC had this week announced fresh hike in electricity tariff of 100 percent on certain categories of consumers with effect from January 1, 2021.

The new tariff hike was attributed to the surging inflation and exchange rate of the naira, which put power distribution companies at a disadvantage.

Ajaero, who spoke on Channels Television programme noted that: “There was a tariff increase by November which is being contested.

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“Now, somebody is issuing a statement that there was an adjustment and it was not an increase. No matter how they play with semantics, Nigerians are noticing a lot of differences in what they are doing.

“90 percent of Nigerians receive less than 12-hour electricity per day. All those issues of banding, band A, B, C, D, are all lies. Nigerians know more than this.

“There is an agreement with the labour on all these issues, the committee has not even submitted their report and NERC behaves as if it is from the moon and insensitive to Nigerians. This is not acceptable.”

The union has also threatened an unprecedented industrial resistance by Nigerian workers until the government withdraws the “uncanny New Year Gift.”

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