NLC and TUc

The organized labor, operating under the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), have submitted a formal complaint to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

In the correspondence, jointly endorsed by NLC President Comrade Joe Ajaero and TUC President Comrade Festus Osifo, and circulated to key governmental figures and all Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs), a deadline of May 12, 2024 has been set for NERC to reverse the tariff increase or face widespread protests.

The unions highlighted the adverse effects that NERC’s actions would impose on the populace as the rationale behind their demand for a rollback.

The letter read in part, “We believe that this decision is not just morally reprehensible considering the difficulties Nigerians are faced with currently, but it blatantly disregards fundamental principles and statutory obligations.

“It is a slap in the face of justice and fairness, and we will not stand idly by as the masses and workers are subjected to such unacceptable exploitation.”

Likewise, the two leaders said that “as the Regulator of the Electricity sector, it is imperative that your Commission grasps the weight of its responsibilities.

“We are miffed that NERC has become a tacit collaborator in crafting the oppressive pricing regime being perpetuated against Nigerian workers and people. The Laws that set up the Commission mandates it to act as an unbiased ombudsman in the electricity industry.

“Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as it has acted in cahoots with the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and the Generating Companies (GENCOs) to promote their nefarious market practices.”

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They contended that the announced tariff adjustment not only disregards the legally mandated procedure but also infringes upon the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens.

Both unions have stipulated a deadline of May 12, 2024, for compliance, cautioning that a failure to do so will prompt prompt and resolute action on their part.

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