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NLC hails judiciary for declaring electricity hike illegal

 By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has hailed the judiciary, particularly the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi for declaring as illegal, the 45 per cent tariff increase approved by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, President of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said: “We at the Nigeria Labour Congress wish to state that this is a courageous and judicial judgement deserving of commendation. We also consider it victory for the ordinary Nigerian who has been crushed by exploitative bills. 

“Similarly, we urge NERC and DISCOs to obey the judgement and revert to the old rates without further delay. We demand that the NERC and DISCOs observe all the conditions precedent as contained in the sales agreement before any increase be made. 

“We recall that the joint stakeholders on increment on Electricity Tariff led by the Nigeria Labour Congress in their Communiqué issued in Lagos and dated January 29, 2016 had declared the increase as illegal, unfair, unjustifiable and a further exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians.” 

He added that “Due process in the extant laws for such an increment was not followed in consonance with Section 76 of the Power Sector Reform Act, 2005.”

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