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Organised Labour Picket offices of NERC, Discos over electricity tariff hike

Boom RadioNG | May 13, 2024

Members of the organised labour today picketed the offices of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and distribution companies (DisCos)’s premises across the country over electricity tariff hike.

This action is due to a joint directive from the leadership of both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at the weekend asking  their members to picket these offices in protest of the tariff hike.

Leading members of the labour unions in the protest at the headquarters of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Abuja was the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, with the workers asking for an immediate reversal in the hike of the electricity tariff.

As early as 7am today, members of the labour unions blocked the main gate of the distribution company located in the Kaduna State capital amidst tight security preventing the staff of the company from going into the premises as the protesting union members demand for the reversal of the tariff hike.

In Kwara State, the union members blocked the entrance of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company in the state capital.

Similarly, in Akure, the Ondo State capital, some members of the TUC shut the Head office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC). They gathered at the front of the company’s office protesting the electricity tariff hike.

National President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero leading a protest

Also in Zamfara, members of the organized labour picketed the offices of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), preventing the staff of the two offices from accessing the buildings.

However, all this picketing is due to the increase of electricity tariff for Band A customers. They are customers who enjoy electricity supply for at least 20 hours per day. The increase sees the customer initially paying ₦225 kilowatts per hour, up from the current ₦66 but a downward review was introduced last week where they are now paying #206.80 compared to the initial #225 Kwh.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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