NIGERIANS ASK ATIKU TO LEAD PROTEST OVER HIKE IN ELECTRICITY TARIFF

Written by on September 4, 2020

MANY NIGERIANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA HAVE CALLED ON FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, TO STOP ONLINE COMPLAINTS ABOUT IRREGULARITIES IN THE COUNTRY IF HE IS NOT WILLING TO LEAD PHYSICAL PROTESTS.

THE CITIZENS SAID  THEY WANT THE FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO LEAD A PROTEST AGAINST THE RECENT INCREASE IN FUEL PRICE AND ELECTRICITY TARIFFS.

THE ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES (DISCOS) ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE STARTED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW ELECTRICITY TARIFF REGIME.

THIS COMES AFTER THE NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION (NERC) ORDERED THE DISCOS TO MAINTAIN A N4 TARIFF FOR ALL CUSTOMERS CONSUMING LESS THAN 50KWH OF ENERGY PER MONTH.

THE COMMISSION SAID NIGERIANS WOULD HAVE TO PAY MORE TO ENJOY POWER FOR LONGER HOURS, AN IMPLEMENTATION THAT HAS GENERATED FURORE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

REACTING TO THE DEVELOPMENT ON THURSDAY, MR ABUBAKAR, IN A POST ON TWITTER, SAID HE REJECTED THE HIKE, SAYING IT WAS “ILL-TIMED AND ILL-ADVISED”


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