By Achike Uchenna, Abakaliki 

Organised Labour in Ebonyi State on Monday shut down offices of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) in Ebonyi State as part of moves to protest increase in electricity tariff by the Federal Government. 

Organised Labour paralyses business in Ebonyi office of Enugu DISCO

By Achike Uchenna, Abakaliki 

Organised Labour in Ebonyi State on Monday shut down offices of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) in Ebonyi State as part of moves to protest increase in electricity tariff by the Federal Government. 

 

The national headquarters of the NLC had a nationwide picketing of electricity companies in the country to protest electricity tariff increment by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). 

Ebonyi State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor and his counterpart in the Trade Union Congress Chairman, Comrade Elias Oduma led the protests. 

Their presence at the Abakaliki main office of the EDC forced members of staff to lock up the offices and stop collection of electricity bills. 

Speaking to reporters, Comrade Nwafor said “due process was not followed in consonance with Section 78 of Power Reform Act. Also, there has been no significant improvement in service delivery”. 

“The government has not right and due process was not followed; we say no to it; such should be reversed with immediate effect; condition for metering was not followed; Nigerians are not slaves to anybody; we will resist it with everything within us and we will make it uncomfortable for them”. 

Comrade Oduma in his own reaction said “most consumers are not petered in line with the signed Privatisation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of Nov 1 2013 which stipulates that within 18 months gestation period, all consumers are to be metered”. 

“There is a subsisting court order dated May 28, 2015 by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos in the case of Toluwani Yemi-Adebiyi versus NERC and others”, he added. 

Comrade Oduma said the increment compounds the present economic recession in the country which the people are still bearing the brunt off. 

 

“The increment will further impoverish the people who are already suffering from the present economic recession in the country”

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