The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said the new electricity tariff
increase announced by the AEDC is dead on arrival as it will be
resisted by the Nigerian working class and people.
The NLC in a statement signed by its President, Ayuba Wabba, described
the increase as “exploitation of poor Nigerians”, just as it cautioned
the other DISCOs not to “bother putting their ships of exploitation to
The Congress said it appears that the adamant desire of DISCOs in
Nigeria to ram through their ill-conceived agenda to further
impoverish Nigerians through astronomical tariff increase amidst a
plummeting return on service delivery has now been deregulated.
“The Abuja DISCO has adorned the robe of the protagonist with its
recent announcement of a new tariff plan for electricity consumers
within the sphere of its service area.
“This move is despite the resolution of the Senate of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, and even the direct orders of Mr. President
himself that the plans by DISCOs to hike electricity tariff should be
suspended until further notice. We are not aware of any order by the
government or the elected representatives of the Nigerian people
de-freezing the order to suspend any plans to inflict more pocket, and
psychological trauma on Nigerians by way of reckless and insensitive
hike in electricity tariff.”
Wabba said each hike in electricity tariff in Nigeria is trailed by
huge leap in the hours of darkness, de-metering of more Nigerians,
exponential rise in incidences of estimated billing, and increased
burden on citizens for the procurement of equipment and facilities for
public electricity supply amidst other devious methods by DISCOs to
cheat, exploit and despoil poor Nigerians.
He, therefore, challenged the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory
Commission (NERC) to speak to up and act in the defense of the rights
of the Nigerian people, saying NERC would be putting its name on the
wrong side of history if it continues to play the Ostrich.