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Protestors Condemn Electricity tariff hike: Labour unions picket Kaduna Electric headquarters

Organized Labour Denounces Privatization Failures and Demands Reversal of Electricity Tariff Increase, Citing Detrimental Impact on Ordinary Nigerians.

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) mobilized a protest at the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company headquarters, expressing vehement opposition to the recent surge in electricity tariffs across the nation.

In a demonstrative display, members of the organized labour convened at the company’s corporate office in Kaduna as early as 6:00 am, brandishing placards and chanting solidarity slogans along the bustling Bank Road by Ahmadu Bello Way.

Led by Kaduna NLC and TUC chairpersons, Comrades Ayuba Magaji Suleiman and Alhassan Danfulani, the protestors demanded an immediate reversal of the tariff hike, highlighting its severe repercussions on ordinary citizens. Suleiman underscored the unions’ resistance to perceived discrimination in electricity supply and urged the Federal Government to reclaim control of the distribution sector, decrying privatization failures that have left Nigerians paying for inadequate services.

Echoing these sentiments, Danfulani condemned the tariff increase as untimely, particularly amid ongoing economic challenges stemming from the removal of fuel subsidies. Labour unions had earlier issued a stern ultimatum to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), threatening widespread industrial action if the tariff hike was not rescinded by May 12, 2024. With tensions escalating, the labour unions remain resolute in their stance against policies that exacerbate financial burdens on the populace, advocating for meaningful reforms to address systemic inequities in the energy sector.

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