OrderPaperToday – Organized labour Monday staged a mass protest to the National Assembly to kick against recent hike in electricity tariff by 45 percent.
The protest was organized under the aegis of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
President of the NLC, Ayuba Abba said governance is about the will and welfare of the people and that current economic hardship does not support the tariff increment.
He argued that consumers are not metered in accordance with the signed privatisation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of November 1, 2013, which stipulates that within 18 months gestation period, all consumers must be metered.
According to him, “it is difficult for Nigerians to swallow this bitter pill, this tariff must be halted, Nigerians must be carried along because governance is of the will of the people, all over the world people pay for what they consume.”
President of the TUC, Bobboi Kaigama also said the increase cannot be justified in the light of current circumstances in the country.
Sen. Dino Melaye who addressed the protesters said the Senate is masses-oriented and that the welfare of the people is a responsibility of government.
Also speaking, Senate President, Bukola Saraki assured the protesters that the welfare of the Nigerian masses is dear to the heart of the 8th National Assembly.
“We are here at your instance and it is because of you we are here, “Saraki said.