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  • Updated: April 07, 2024

Tax rich Nigerians to provide cheap electricity for the poor - Peter Obi urges FG

Tax rich Nigerians to provide cheap electricity for the poor

Peter Obi at Chatham House

Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, has charged the Federal Government to tax rich Nigerians to be able to provide cheap electricity for the poor.

Obi stated this on Sunday when he commissioned a water project he donated to Sabo Layi Community along Bauchi-Ningi Road in Gombe state.

“What we’ve been doing is going round communities in the country, and talking to people to learn and understand about their livelihood, and to see if there’s any little thing I can help with.

“The solution is very simple (referring to electricity tariff hike), you can increase the tariff for those in areas where they can afford it. We need to do a lot in the area of power generation, because it has taken so long. But we have to put into consideration that majority of Nigerians are suffering.

“So we need to support people in those areas to be able to live and be able to produce something. When they start to produce something, we are pushing them out of poverty and that’s where my theory of moving from consumption to production comes in.

“We can’t tax people first, we need to support small businesses and ensure that this tariff is not spread across the same level –for the big and for the small,” he said

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