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Nigeria: Workers protest against 45% electricity tariff hike

Nigeria: Workers protest against 45% electricity tariff hike


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other affiliate unions on Monday embarked on a nationwide protest against the recent increase in electricity tariffs.

In the Federal Capital territory, protesters were seen carrying placards with inscriptions “ We wont pay more for darkness” expressing their grievances on the tariff increase.

Media reports indicate that some workers came out as early as 7am for the protest which started at the Labour House in Abuja.

NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson said there is no going back on the proposed protest nationwide.

The NLC had on different occasions called on the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission to drop the recent increment while warning that if the Commission failed to heed, it would embark on a nationwide strike.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said the current hike would make it the fifth time since 2012 adding that it is not acceptable.

He described the new tariffs as outrageous.

“Our members have been sufficiently mobilised and are ready to go. If you are an electricity consumer and you are not happy with the bills electricity companies serve you every month, you are invited to join this protest rally,” Wabba said

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Members of the civil society group and activists have also joined in the protest.

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