Nigerian Government Addresses Labour’s Concerns Over Electricity Tariff Hike

The Nigerian government has assured the public that it is addressing the concerns raised by labour unions over the recent electricity tariff hike. Organized labour, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has been protesting the increase in electricity tariffs for customers in the Band A category.
The protests, which took place across Nigeria on Monday, came after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) approved an increase in the electricity tariff for this category of customers from N66 to N225 per kwh on April 3.
Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to upholding democratic principles, including the right to peaceful protest, during a press briefing after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
He stated that the government is taking the unions’ demands about the electricity tariff hike seriously and is working to address their concerns.
Adelabu also highlighted the government’s efforts to improve Nigeria’s power infrastructure, citing the construction of a 93-kilometre transmission line in the south-east and the acquisition of transformers and emergency resolution systems.
These initiatives are aimed at enhancing the resilience of the power grid, which has been a major concern for both the government and the public.
The ongoing dialogue between the government and the labour unions is crucial in finding a solution to the electricity tariff hike issue.
The outcome of these discussions will have a significant impact on the affordability and accessibility of electricity for customers in the Band A category and could potentially shape future policies and regulations in the Nigerian power sector.
As the situation unfolds, Nigerians await further updates on the negotiations between the government and the labour unions, with the hope that a mutually beneficial resolution can be reached to ensure the provision of reliable and affordable electricity to consumers across the country.
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