The civil society and the organised labour have vowed to engage the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) over plans to increase electricity tariff by over 61 per cent.
Speaking after a rally in Lagos, leader of the Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), Comrade Toluwani Adebiyi, said the move was unacceptable.
Adebiyi said the increment is totally unaffordable, considering the biting economic hardship assailing the already impoverished masses.
The human rights activist recalled that the electricity distribution companies (Discos) were yet to honour the agreements they signed with the Federal Government in November 2013 to issue prepaid metres to all Nigeria consumers within 18 months.
“It will amount to a rude disrespect to the rule of law to talk of increment now when the matter that touches so much on tariff increment is still pending in court,” he said.
Adebiyi observed that it has been incessant power tariff increments without commensurate improvement, saying Nigerians have been paying for gross darkness with no value in return for the exorbitant bill paid by consumers.
He urged NERC to optimise its generating capacity by ensuring that the electricity generating companies (GENCOs) generate enough power for the DisCos.
He advised the Federal Government to revoke private companies license and take over the sector if the private companies cannot stabilise and improve power in Nigeria after four years of privatisation.
“The Nigeria power sector for long has been taking undue advantage of and exploiting Nigerian electricity consumers. Until the labour group and civil society organisations decided to take up and challenge their inordinate trade practices, he added.