- To meet next week
Paul Obi in Abuja
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) monday said it will review its demands put forward to the federal government calling for the reversal of electricity tariff hike in the country.
In a telephone interview, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, told THISDAY that the union will not relent from demanding for the reversal of the hike which he described as ‘exploitative.’
He debunked claims that the body had been silent in recent times over the non – implementation of some its demands it made to government.
Wabba told THISDAY that the need to review the demands has become sacrosanct given the insistence of government and the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on carrying on with the hike, notwithstanding the directive by the National Assembly calling for a return to the status quo.
He said: “This is a national issue, we are not relenting, we are going to review our demands and position, calling for the reversal of the electricity tariff hike.
“We are doing this for the benefit of Nigerians not the other way round where they are exploiting citizens. If government cannot respect the directive for the new tariff to be suspended until agreement is reached, the NLC will also review its current position,” Wabba said.
The NLC president informed THISDAY that the new price as it stands is too exorbitant for the people to afford.
“People cannot even afford such price now, if the new tariff stays, many will run out of electricity,” he stressed.
Wabba also explained that the NLC was looking forward to presenting its case during the National Assembly public hearing on the issue which comes up soon, adding that the NLC will meet next week to work out modalities that will compel government to act.