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PDP Rivers slam government over power tariff hike

06 January 2016, 21:45

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has criticised the increase in electricity tariffs as announced by the Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Tariffs are set to go up by 45 percent in February.

State Chairman of PDP, Felix Obuah, said the new power tariff regime was further means of bringing hardship and suffering on Rivers  electricity consumers and indeed all Nigerians, in the absence of affordable and available petroleum products.

He said the party took exception to the decision of the NERC and by extension the federal government for the “wrong timing” and the “excruciating pains” on Nigerians who voted in anticipation of positive change.

Residenst, he said, were now struggling to survive the effects of bad economic policies and actions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration at the centre.

“Considering the plight of innocent Rivers consumers in this circumstance, the Party is of the view that the Federal government takes urgent  and effective steps in addressing the dwindling economic situation and poverty that is growing across the country so as to cushion the  resultant effects of such increment in electricity power tariffs,” Obuah said.

He further urged the NERC to reconsider its decision, particularly its implementation at this period when the economy was struggling.

He said his party also noted that in few months of the of the current APC administration, petroleum products had been consistently scarce  while the available one sold exorbitantly.

Prices of food items and other consumables were rising astronomically, transport fare became unbearable while essential services were now a
mirage in the country, Obuha said.

“This, the PDP notes is unacceptable as it negates the very essence of government,” he said.

- CAJ News


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