Nationwide Protests over new electricity tariff

Nationwide Protests over new electricity tariff

Monday, February 8, 2016 11:24 am


Protesters against new power tariff in Abuja. Photo credit: Daily Trust

Protesters against new power tariff in Abuja. Photo credit: Daily Trust

Nigeria’s labour activists are demonstrating nationwide over the 45 per cent increase in the tariff imposed on electricity consumers.

The new tariff  became effective on 1 February. In real terms, an electricity consumer that used to get 1460 units of power with N25,000, now gets 903 units.

The Nigeria Labour Congress wants a reversal of the new price.

 In Abuja, the protest started from the Labour House in the central business district, with marchers targeting Abuja Disco and  the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).  

To stave off the protest, NERC and Power Ministry had argued that the new power cost was justified since the  unjustified ‘Fixed Charge’, has been removed. They also said the power investors need to recoup investments.

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