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As it happened: Labour threatens strike over hike in electricity tariff

08 February 2016, 03:00

Abuja - The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abdullahi Waba has said  the Nigerian workers might embark on a strike if the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) does not reverse the hike in electricity tariff.

Speaking on Monday in a protest to the National Assembly, Waba explained that the NLC would take to self help if NERC does nothing to reverse itself.

He however said going on a strike is still a long journey.

Also read: Electricity firms beg unions to shelve protest against tariff hike

He said all available opportunities will be exploited to resolve the issue.

He disclosed that appropriate committee has been set up to liaise with authorities involved while stressing that they will follow due process in all their actions.

He accused the portfolio businessmen of being behind the hike in tariff, noting that due process was not followed before the increment was done.

He noted that consultations were not made with all relevant stakeholders

1: 00 Labour unions in Kwara State have called for the sack of Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola for approving the 45% hike in electricity tariff.

Members of the unions, who spoke during a protest to the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in the state also called for the arrest of the Minister and senior members of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for going against a court order to stay action on the increase.

Ondo State workers also joined the protest

12: 20: Protesters have sealed the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Kaduna 

12:10 Labour Unions in Ebonyi State shut down the office of the Enugu Electricity distribution company (EEDC) in the state.

The protest forced the staff to lock up the offices and stop collection of electricity bills.

The workers, who were led by the state Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman, Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor and Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Comrade Elias Oduma chanted various songs such “solidarity forever” and “we have decided to fight for the masses”.

12:00 Protesters stormed Ikeja Distribution Company (IKEDC) in Lagos. 

They were denied entry into the company's premises.

11: 40 Protest ongoing in Benin, Edo State. Heavy traffic along the route of the protest.

11.30 Federal government drafts armed security personnel to secure electricity installations

11: 20 Enugu Electricity Company on lock down

11: 10 Protesters picket Kano Electricity Company located along Post Office road.

Armed policemen have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order

11: 00 Protest continues along major streets in Abuja.

Heavy presence of armed police escort protesters

10 35 Reports from other states indicate that the protests are ongoing.

10: 30 Protesters lock the main gate of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. All movements into the premises have been stopped.

10: 20 The workers say protest is only the beginning of many to come 

10: 00 Various speakers address the aggrieved workers.

They say the country belongs to the people, not politicians, not gencos.

9 30: Protesters stop at Abuja electricity distribution company

9:00 The protesters are marching through the major streets in the Federal Capital Territory

Abuja - Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other affiliate unions are currently protesting against recent increase in electricity tariff .

The mass action which is expected to hold in the 36 states and Abuja will see the Congress and their civil society allies picketing Electricity Distribution companies.

The increase was announced by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and it kicked off on February 1

- News 24

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