Labour shut out Ikeja Disco, demands Fashola’s removal

By Dotun Omolaja, Lagos


Members of the Organised Labour on Monday shut down the headquarters of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company located in Alausa over the 45 per cent hike in the electricity tariff.


The protesters, who had assembled around 7am, marched from Ikeja under bridge to DISCO office in Alausa.


This resulted in a heavy traffic along Awolowo Way/ Alausa road Ikeja.


Speaking during the protest, the Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Amaechi Asugwuni, who represented the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the hike in tariff was inhuman and unjustified following the refusal of the electricity offices to follow the laid down law, which stipulated them to give out prepaid meter to every consumer within 18 months of assumption of office.


He said labour is ready to shut down the economy if the increase is not reversed.


“We say no to increase in the electricity tariff. We are ready to shut down the economy unless there is a reversal.


“This protest rally has become necessary after all effort to make NERC shelve the idea of increase failed.  Indeed, rather than see reason with Nigerians, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing has been advancing spurious argument in justification,” he said.


Deputy General Secretary, Nigeria Textile, Comrade Ismail Bello said this increase is an anti-people’s policy, adding that labour is ready to fight it.


He said Nigeria will not pay for darkness, adding that the issue is still in the court and both the Ministry and the Federal Government is suppose to wait for the court ruling.


He called on the removal of Minister of Power, Works and Housing,  Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola for violating the court order, which had restraint the hike in tariff until the court case was over.


“Nigeria cannot be an animal kingdom where there is no order, for Babatunde Fashola, being a SAN to disobey court order which had ordered for halt to this increase in tariff, means he is playing with jail and is not fit to be a minister, he should be removed with immediate effect for being a SAN and making mockery of court judgment.


“Fashola should obey court order or else he should be remove,” he said.


Responding , the Chief Finance Officer, Ikeja DISCO, Mr Aigbe Olotu said it is very wrong for labour to picket DISCO because DISCO was not the one responsible for the increment.

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