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  • Updated: April 07, 2024

Electricity tariff will worsen hardship —Labour Party

Electricity tariff will worsen hardship —Labour Party

The Labour Party (LP) has urged the federal government to reassess its decision to raise the tariff for certain electricity consumers nationwide.

Olubunmi Odesanya, the Lagos state publicity secretary of the party, emphasized this plea during an interview with journalists on Saturday in Lagos.

Odesanya criticized the "astronomical" tariff hike, deeming it unjustifiable and warning of its adverse impacts on both electricity consumers and the overall economy.

She highlighted the existing economic challenges faced by Nigerians, particularly in the wake of the removal of fuel subsidies, expressing concern that the tariff increase would further exacerbate these difficulties.

The party's spokesperson suggested that if the government found it necessary to adjust tariffs, any increase should be limited to no more than 25 percent.

“On a daily basis, Nigerians are bearing the brunt. This is simply not working. A good number of Nigerians are suffering.

“Nigerians are currently facing hardship .The government should know that people are at the heart of every government.

“This astronomical increase in electricity tariff should be reconsidered,” Ms Odesanya said.

She urged government to reduce the cost of governance in order to save funds, rather than removing subsidies.

According to her, government must be determined in its fight against corruption and reduce poverty.

Odesanya also urged the government to increase the minimum wage for workers as that would help them to cope with rising cost of living.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had, on April 3, announced an increase in electricity tariff for customers enjoying 20-hour power supply daily.

The increase means customers, classified as Band A electricity consumers, will now pay N225 per kilowatt hour as opposed to the N66 payable before the hike.

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