Tariff increase: Organised labour to picket power companies next week

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja


Organised Labour in the country is set to picket all electricity distribution companies and the generation companies across the country, on Monday.


In a communiqué signed by the Secretary-General, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Musa Lawal, the decision is to drive home what labour termed a unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariff.


The picketing is expected to be led by TUC, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and their civil society allies.


“Please be informed that Monday 8th February, 2016 has been chosen as a day of action against DSICO to drive home the fact that the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariff will be resisted by consumers ably led by TUC, NLC and Civil Society allies.


“You are therefore requested in furtherance of the above position to mobilize workers in your council to massively picket all offices of DISCO in your states, on Monday 8TH February, 2016”.


The National President, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, last week regarded as illegal, unfair, unjustifiable, a further exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians the intention to increase electricity tariff.


He said there have been no significant in service delivery, upon the fact that the most consumers are not metered in accordance with the signed privatization Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of November 1st, 2013, which stipulated that within 18 monthsgestation period, all consumers are to be metered.


He said: ‘’There is a subsisting court order dated 28th May, 2015 by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court , Ikoyi , Lagos, in the case of Toluwani Yemi-Adebiyi versus NERC that no increment until the determination of the substantive suit.


“The increment at this time negates the present biting and prevailing economic recession vis-à-vis an attempt to further impoverish the poor masses”.

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