NIGERIANS PAYING FOR DARKNESS — ELECTRICITY WORKERS

Written by on September 7, 2020

WORKERS IN THE NATION’S POWER SECTOR, WEEKEND, FAULTED THE RECENT HIKE IN ELECTRICITY TARIFF, ARGUING THAT NIGERIANS WERE BEING MADE TO PAY FOR DARKNESS. THE WORKERS, IN A STATEMENT THROUGH THE NATIONAL UNION OF ELECTRICITY EMPLOYEES, NUEE, LAMENTED THAT THE TARIFF WAS HURRIEDLY INCREASED AND IMPLEMENTED AMID POOR SERVICE DELIVERY, LACK OF CONSULTATION WITH CONSUMERS/STAKEHOLDERS, LACK OF SUBSTANTIAL METERING OF CONSUMERS, POOR REMUNERATION PACKAGE FOR WORKERS IN THE SECTOR, AMONG OTHERS.

NUEE IN THE STATEMENT BY ITS GENERAL SECRETARY, JOE AJAERO, SAID: “SINCE THE PRIVATISATION OF NIGERIA’S POWER SECTOR ON NOVEMBER 1, 2013, THE TOTAL AVAILABLE POWER FOR CONSUMPTION HAS HOVERED BETWEEN 3,000MW AND 4,500MW WHICH REMAINS A CHILD’S PLAY TO THE COUNTRY’S POWER NEED, HENCE THE COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE NATIONS SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC POWER POVERTY.

THE UNION BELIEVES THAT THIS RECENT TARIFF INCREASE (WHICH IS ABOUT THE FOURTH SINCE 2013) IS ILL-TIMED; COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND ONE CAPABLE OF INFLICTING MORE HARDSHIP ON NIGERIANS AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


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