NLC, TUC shut down JED, TCN offices over electricity tariff hike - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, May 13, 2024

NLC, TUC shut down JED, TCN offices over electricity tariff hike

The offices of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCo) in Bauchi have been sealed by officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC). 

The development followed a non-compliance to letters allegedly written to electricity operators and regulators to reduce the cost of electricity, and the introduction of bands for consumers in the State. 

The leadership and members of the two unions converged at the entrance of the main office of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company where they sealed the gate and prevented staff and other visitors entrance into the building.

The NLC and TUC enforcement further  moved to the NERC and TCN offices in different locations within Bauchi metropolis to ensure that they were also closed.

During the peaceful protest, members of the two Unions were seen displaying placards with various inscriptions like: “NLC/TUC Says No To Exploitation”, “No Segregation in Power Supply”, “No More Band A, B or even Z”.

Addressing their members, Bauchi State NLC Chairperson, Comrade Dauda Shuaibu said that the Union’s SWC held a meeting in Abuja on 30th April and wrote to the Discos to make an immediate reversal of the new tariff.

"The joint NEC of the NLC and TUC wrote the same letter to them to reverse the tariff and we issued a letter of which we are expecting them to reverse. Their failure to reverse it is the result of what we are implementing here this morning and across the nation.”

"We have received reliable information that the JEDC office in Yelwa is selling units and making remittances, we are going there to stop that. We will ensure that the entire offices were shut down, no operations.

"It’s a clarion call for all of us to stand resolutely. We have started this struggle and there is no going back until the new tariff of electricity is reversed.

"We know how we are suffering and everyone knows that Nigerians are facing hard times. Even with the increase, the supply is not there.

“Therefore, we are calling on the Federal Government to immediately reverse it. Otherwise there is no going back, we will shut down the whole electricity supply system in this country,” he said.

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