In Kaduna Group asks FG to mprove power supply, not tariff

"We commend NLC leadership for this mass action for improved power supply instead of incessant non-service charges.''

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The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) on Sunday said the Federal Government must ensure steady power supply before increasing electricity tariff.

A statement issued in Kaduna by the Secretary General of the Union, Issa Aremu, said the group support the planned picketing of electricity distribution companies by the organise labour.

"We hereby declare our total support for the planned picketing by labour and civil society allies of all offices of the electricity distribution companies (DISCOS) nationwide, including Abuja, on Monday February 8, to protest the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariff.

"We commend NLC leadership for this mass action for improved power supply instead of incessant non-service charges.''

Aremu advised President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently revisit the report of the 2014 national conference and implement the holistic recommendations for the power sector.

He said that the Federal Government should not allow the increase in tariff ``by the underperforming generating and distribution companies.''

"The point cannot be overstated; Power/Energy is so strategic to the industrialisation and the wellbeing of the people,’’ the former Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress said.

He also appealed to the federal government to urgently review the privatisation contracts with the GenCos and DisCos/

Aremu said the firms should be given a two- year time-frame ``to allow them stabilise and provide efficient power supply to Nigerians before they can contemplate any tariff increase. ''

The NUTGTWN General Secretary further said that there should be more transparency in all future sale of the nation’s assets.

"We reject the hike in electricity tariff and hereby call on our members across the country and all well meaning Nigerians to come out and join NLC protest to drive home the fact that the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariff is unacceptable."

Aremu said the textile union instead calls for improvement in power supply.

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