The National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has said it will not accept the proposed increase in electricity tariff scheduled to commence in June, as the upsurge would only compound hardship for Nigerians.
General secretary of the union, Joe Ajeero, said that government’s plan to increase the tariff without due regard to the pathetic situations of the masses, particularly that of workers, pensioners and the unemployed, was unacceptable.
Ajeero said that the problem in the power sector was not that of low or poor tariffs but that of corruption and the desire of the new owners to make profits.
He added that as long as electricity remained a commercial venture, Nigerians would continue to experience pain.
“The union stand is very clear on this; we shall stand to reject any hike in the electricity tariff. We told them when they were privatising this sector that they will add to the burden of the people, but they insisted and have their way by force. I am glad that other unions are now joining us to reject this planned submission against the poor and vulnerable Nigerians,” he said.
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, on Thursday also condemned the plan by the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission, NERC, to increase electricity tariff.
It said that the move was uncalled for and described it as another deliberate attempt to further exploit the already impoverished masses of the country.