Electricity tariff: NLC threatens nationwide ‘warning’ strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will declare a one-day national warning strike over the refusal of the Federal Government to slash the electricity tariff.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba said this while addressing newsmen during the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the congress on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Wabba, the planned action was aimed at getting the relevant authorities to reverse the 45 per cent tariff hike.
The labour leader insisted that the tariff increase was “illegal, unfair, unjustifiable and an exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians.

“The privatisation of the power sector was done in bad faith and it has become obvious that the investors did not have the capacity to improve power generation and supply in the country.
“The CWC will agree on a day to embark on the strike, because several actions promised by the Federal Government to checkmate the tariff increment have not been implemented.’’
Wabba further noted that the current fuel scarcity in the country had brought untold hardship to workers and Nigerians as a whole.
“We must, however, make the point that spells of scarcity will not be acceptable to Labour and other Nigerians because the human and economic costs are unimaginable.
“We have being patient with this government but this persistence scarcity and suffering of our people will no longer be tolerated’’, he added.

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