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NLC president leads protest at NERC headquarters over electricity tariff hike

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, on Monday led a protest against the recent hike in electricity tariff at the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, stormed offices of electricity distribution companies to also call for the cancellation of the Band A tariff system.

The organised labour commenced the nationwide protests over the electricity tariff hike and removal of subsidy from the power sector by the Federal Government.

Recall that On April 3, NERC approved an increase in electricity tariff for customers in the classification — from N66 to N225 per kwh. Organised labour is calling for a reversal of the increase and a return to the negotiating table.

Also, the unionists picketed the NERC office located at Novel House in Ikeja, Lagos and they were said to have arrived around 9:40am on Monday.

Addressing workers at the complex, Funmi Sessi, NLC Lagos chairperson, asked them to vacate their offices. He said the unions do not understand the regulatory functions of NERC amid the epileptic power supply in the country.