May 30, 2024

NERC Head Office, DisCos shut down over tariff hike


Ilenre Irele

Members of the organised labours have grounded the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) head office in Abuja over the hike in electricity tariff.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have also put under locks and key offices of Distribution Companies across the nation.

Recall the unions had earlier given a deadline of May 12 for the upward review to be cancelled. However, since the Federal Government did not comply with its demand, they mobilised their members to picket NERC and DisCos.

In Lagos, the workers were sighted at the corporate headquarters of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, singing and calling for the reversal of the Band A tariff.

In Oyo, protesters stormed the office of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, picketing the same.

EnergyDay gathered that policemen were in attendance to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

The NLC and TUC gave the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission a seven-day ultimatum to reverse the revised tariff.

However, the Federal Government said a reversal of the tariff would spell doom for the power sector, urging Nigerians to bear the temporary pains.

Amid this, the International Monetary Fund has advised the Federal Government to remove electricity subsidies in other bands to save the economy.

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