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Jonathan petitioned over power tariffs

05 August 2013, 09:00Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan over the recent increase in electricity tariffs by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

The group said such increases were unfair considering the inadequate power supply.

“Increasing electricity tariff by over 100 percent at a time power supply has not improved and indeed remains irregular and despite this government’s oft-expressed commitment to improve electricity supply, is anti-people," the group's petition, signed by Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, read.

The organisation appealed to Jonathan to order the reversal of the tariff increase.

“We urge President Jonathan to use his leadership and position to urgently instruct the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to reverse the new electricity tariff as it is manifestly arbitrary, unfair, unjust and discriminatory.”

SERAP threatened to "take matters to another level by seeking legal action nationally and internationally" if the federal government refused to yield to the request of the organisation within 7 days.

"We will work with civil society, social movements and community organisations and the citizens to challenge this manifestly unlawful action by the government.”

- CAJ News


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