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No to electricity tariff increase

The nationwide protest by organised labour against the recent increase in electricity tariff is welcome by all Nigerians. The increase will make ordinary Nigerians pay…

The nationwide protest by organised labour against the recent increase in electricity tariff is welcome by all Nigerians. The increase will make ordinary Nigerians pay more despite the prevailing economic situation in the country which has eroded the purchasing power of most citizens.
Nigerians will not accept any increase in tariff by the power distribution companies (Discos) without first putting in place the necessary measures to improve electricity supply across the country. The power sector should articulate far-reaching strategies in sourcing for funds in the interim before imposing high electricity bills on hapless Nigerians.
The unbundling of the energy sector was received by many with enthusiasm and hope that the issues of erratic power supply in the country would become a thing of past.
Nigerians did not bargain for any electricity tariff rise at this material time, hence, the belief that those who bought the energy sector want to recoup their money at the expense of the downtrodden masses.
When Nigerians complained of the so-called fixed charges by the Discos the companies now cleverly computed that into the current high tariff which took effect from February 1.
Nigerians would not fold their arms and see some private companies impose hardship on them for their selfish interests.
We therefore, commend the effort of organised labour for check-mating the unpatriotic acts of those who do not believe that we are passing through hardship at present. We call on our humane President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the issue of electricity tariff hike and nip the move in the bud for Nigerians to start enjoying the fruits of his administration.
Bala Nayashi, [email protected]

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