Former Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Dino Melaiye
By Omololu Ogunmade
Former Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Dino Melaiye, Tuesday threatened to mobilise millions of Nigerian youths to protest Federal Government’s planned hike in electricity tariff with effect from June 1.
Addressing journalists in Lagos, Melaye said President Goodluck Jonathan’s announcement on Monday that his government will increase electricity tariff, showed that the president was insensitive to the plights of the populace who were “yet to recover from the satanic manifestation of increase in pump price of (premium motor spirit) PMS.”
Melaiye said: “Why will you increase the tariff on a commodity that is not available? How do you increase tariff on a commodity that is sick? We will do everything possible to vehemently resist it. We will make this country ungovernable within the confines of the law. We will support increase in tariff when there is uninterrupted power supply. We will support increase when we have 10,000 mega watts.”
According to him, “it is highly offensive that the president could talk about price increase when over $32 billion spent on independent power project has not resulted in any improvement in power supply,” adding that it is irksome that the Federal Government has not attempted to prosecute any of those indicted in the power scam.
“Is the president now saying that the masses should service the profligacy of the bourgeoisie of this country? How do you increase the tariff on a commodity that is not available? It shows that the president was insensitive. It shows the president has lost control. I will lead Nigerian youths from across the country to protest the increase of electricity tariff.
“We want those who wasted $32 billion to be jailed and the money returned to the treasury. It is going to be a battle of no retreat, no surrender,” Melaiye threatened.