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NLC threatens aggressive protest over electricity tariff hike

08 February 2016, 16:36Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened to embark on a more aggressive nationwide protest against the 45 percent increase in electricity tariff.

The Federal Government had increased the tariff, claiming it is aimed to serve the people better.

But the NLC on Monday protested in virtually all the states in Nigeria including capital Abuja, and business hub Lagos among others against the hike calling for the distribution of the prepaid meter to every consumers.

Vice President of the NLC Amaechi Asugwuni said the body is expecting the central government halt the increase and call for a meeting with Labour to discuss the development, else there will be a massive aggressive protest nationwide.

Also read: Labour threatens strike over hike in electricity tariff

“There was a signed agreement that in 18 months all consumers will be provided with the prepaid meter but that has not been done and they are increasing tariff.

“We say give us the prepaid meter, but they did not and they now want to increase tariff, It is illegal and unacceptable,” he said.

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

In Monday’s disturbance, protesters sealed the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Kaduna, while in the South East, Labour Unions in Ebonyi State shut down the office of the Enugu Electricity distribution company (EEDC) in the state.

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