NLC Announces One-day Warning Strike On Fuel, Power Crises

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Wednesday, April 6, announced plan to go on a one-day warning strike over the state of the nation, especially the increase in electricity tariff and ongoing fuel crisis.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated that the response to the prevailing economic situation by all the tiers of government in the country has been a source of  concern for many Nigerians.

Wabba, in an address to the opening session of the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the congress in Abuja yesterday, said Nigerians are feeling the harsh realities of the economic crises in the country.

Specifically, the NLC president decried the unjustifiable 45 per cent increase in electricity tariff, saying the increase was “illegal, unfair, unjustifiable and a further exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians.”

He pointed out that the 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.

Wabba said there has not been any significant improvement in service delivery coupled with the fact that most consumers are not metered in accordance with the signed Privatisation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of November 21, 2013 which stipulated that within 18 months gestation period, all consumers are to be metered.

He lamented that despite the national action organized by the congress in the 36 states of the federation including Abuja, which was adjudged successful, the intervention of the National Assembly and especially the Senate President who received the protesters at the National Assembly premises in Abuja, the power firms remained adamant.

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