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45% electricity tariff increase will violate UN ruling - SERAP

10 February 2016, 07:02

Lagos - The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has disclosed that a 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs would violate the country's compliance with a November 2013 ruling made by two special rapporteurs from the United Nations (UN), Punch reports.

Following hot on the heels of a petition made against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo regarding the illegal sale of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC), SERAP urged Power Minister Babatunde Fashola to ensure that regulatory bodies are brought to book over the matter.

The declaration follows a nationwide protest staged by organized labour firms on Monday, demanding an immediate decrease in the electricity price.

Also read: Revised electricity tariffs to take effect on Monday - NERC

According to SERAP, a November 2013 letter signed by UN special rapporteurs Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona and Raquel Rolnik, expressed concern over the low output of electricity in the country, further stating that a price increase would "have detrimental impact on the human rights of those living in poverty in the country."

The letter was allegedly sent following a petition lodged by a coalition of human rights activists, lawyers and journalists and was led by SERAP.

Read more at Punch

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