Coalition of civil society, including the Nigeris Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress will from Monday next week embark on protest against the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs.
The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission announced a new tariff regime, Thursday that pegged consumption per unit between N24 and N27 across the nation.
According to the coalition, “It is a nation-wide protest, meaning that the 36 states of the Federation including Abuja will be involved in this action,” the statement signed by Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, said.
“Our members have been sufficiently mobilized 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.”
He said the Abuja rally will start at Labour House, Central Business District at 8.00am before moving to the NERC head office at Adamawa Plaza, Plot 1099, First Avenue, Off Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District. From the NERC office, the rally will roll to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company at Zone 4. The rally will mobilise from there to the National Assembly.
The labour groups said the protest rally became necessary after all effort to make NERC shelve the idea of increase failed.
“Indeed, rather than see reason with Nigerians, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing has been advancing spurious argument in justification.”