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NLC, TUC picket IBEDC in Ogun

Members of the organized labour in Ogun State on Monday protested against the federal government’s elimination of power industry subsidies and hike in electricity rates.

The protest led by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress saw the sealing of the IBEDC office in Abeokuta.

Hameed Benco, NLC chairman explained that the demonstration was to express their grievances and urged President Tinubu to reverse the increase given the status of the country’s economy.

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“ We’re using this opportunity to express our displeasure and to tell our president Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as he has reverted that issue of cyber-security, he should also compel Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission to do the same.

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“ What we’re saying is to revert back to the price we were paying before, there mustn’t be any increase in the electricity tariff and that is the singular demand we are requesting”.

TUC Chairman, Akeem Lasisi, lamented the shortage of energy supplies, claiming that Nigerians should not suffer the repercussions of their leaders’ inefficiency .

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“ This policy should be stopped, Nigerians should be allowed to breath we reject this totally. Nigerians should not suffer for the inefficiency of the leaders.

they should concentrate on distributing electricity to the consumers.

“ if the tariff of the customers on on band A is increased, they would enjoy electricity for more than 20 hours per day, this is not possible in Nigeria of today.

“ Electricity is not supplied to the consumers yet they  are increasing the tariff. they are saying 15% of the consumers are on band A, should the remaining 75% suffer for the inefficiency of our leaders?

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“ This is why the national Secretariat firected us to seal up all the distributing companies in Nigeria and all the Electricity Regulation Commission in Nigeria”.

Recall that the Federal Government had announced its plan to end electricity subsidy by the end of that year.

The Federal Government, however, urged Nigerians to endure the short-term suffering, warning that a rate reversal would be disastrous for the electricity industry.

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