Nigerian workers with allied forces made good their threat to picket Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Monday for the Over 45 percent hike in electricity tariff across the country.
Operating under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress the protest currently ongoing is to press home their demand for the reversal of the 45 percent increase in electricity tariff by the federal government. The new tariffs took effect on February 1.
The NLC had called for the protest after repeatedly calling on the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission to suspend the recent increase in tariffs.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement in Abuja, said, “It is a nationwide protest, meaning that they they have not 36 states of the Federation including Abuja will be involved in this action”
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and civil society groups said the protest on Monday is to express their feelings over the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs. In a statement at the weekend, the groups said the protest will hold in Abuja and across the 36 states.
“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.”
In Abuja, the protest started from the Labour House in the Central Business District.
Protesters could be seen carrying placards expressing their disdain for the tariff increase with some bearing such inscriptions as “We won’t pay more for darkness”, “NERC obey court order”, among others.
As of the time of filing this report, the protest has now got to the Abuja Electricity Company in Wuse zone 4.
It is expected that the protesters will move from there to the office of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The commission is responsible for setting prices and other regulated policies in the electricity sector in Nigeria.