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Electricity price hike: NLC rejects modern-day slavery on Nigerians by DISCOs

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Ayuba Wabba

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it would mobilise employees to withstand any makes an attempt on hike in important public utility expenses.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, gave the warning in an announcement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Wabba stated that Nigerians have been nonetheless going via a number of the worst socio-economic vicissitudes attributable to the novel coronavirus illness.

The labour chief was reacting to the current try by electrical energy Distribution Companies (DISCOs), appearing below the auspices of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), to unilaterally enhance electrical energy tariff by about 100 per cent from 1st July 2020.

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He described the deliberate transfer as insensitive and provocative.

Wabba stated that Nigerians would recall {that a} comparable transfer was made in March 2020 by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) however was efficiently rebuffed by the NLC and the Nigerian public.

According to him, NLC rejects any additional hike in electrical energy tariff, the pump value of petrol and different important public utility expenses.

“The NLC is totally able to mobilise our individuals to withstand makes an attempt by anybody to impose modern-day slavery on Nigerians, be they DISCOs or Regulators of Public Utilities.

“We insist that additional hike in tariff and consumer entry expenses right now of nice socio-economic dislocation could be ultra-insensitive, callous and a pre-meditated try and ship many Nigerians, employees, pensioners and companies to premature graves.

“In the curiosity of equity, fairness and justice, we demand that the DISCOs refund Nigerians all of the estimated billings that had been unjustly collected from our individuals all these years.

“We additionally demand that DISCOs should pay customers the associated fee that their inefficiency has imposed on residents, residents and companies.

DISCOs should additionally repay bailout funds they’d unjustly collected from public coffers.

“We want to remind the DISCOs that the supply of pre-paid meters, transformers and funding within the sector are statutorily the job of the DISCOs, not customers or the federal government,’’ he stated.

Wabba stated that DISCOs have been totally conscious of the situations earlier than subscribing to the facility sector privatisation programme.

He added that sufficient of the lies, deceit and exploitation of the Nigerian individuals.

“On the energy of the open admission by DISCOs in Nigeria to their very own grand incompetence and crass failure, we name on the Federal Government to instantly set in movement processes for the evaluation of the facility sector privatisation. Enough is sufficient.

“The management of the Nigeria Labour Congress reiterates its resolve to behave on the facet and within the curiosity of the Nigerian individuals, employees and pensioners all the time,’’ Wabba added.

He additionally counseled the intervention by the Senate in calling off the menace by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to hike the electrical energy tariff.

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