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Electricity tariff increase: NLC threatens showdown

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will deploy the industrial mechanisms granted in labour laws for the defence of workers’ rights to resist increase in electricity tariff.

The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

Wabba said that congress wished to draw attention to the wave of speculation that there were fresh plans to grant approval to Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to hike electricity tariff.

“It is in light of this that we dismiss the ongoing speculation on increase in electricity tariff as mere speculations.

“We, however, find it prudent to put you on notice should government make true the swirling speculation by approving an increase in electricity tariff.

“Organised Labour will be left with no option than to deploy the industrial mechanisms granted in our laws for the defense of workers’ rights,’’ he said.

Wabba said that NLC has written to remind the minister that Organised Labour on Sept. 28, 2020 through the Federal Government/Organised Labour Committee on electricity tariff, agreed to freeze further increases in tariff.

He said that the committee agreed to freeze electricity tariff until it concluded its work and its report adopted by all the principals in the committee.

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