NLC Union condemns Sam Amadi for comments on electricity tariff

Amadi, in an interview said the Senate did not have the constitutional right to reverse electricity tariffs.

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NLC President Ayuba Wabba.

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The President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Aliyu Wabba has condemned the ex Chairman of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi, for saying the Senate acted illegally by reversing the planned hike in electricity tariffs.

Amadi, in an interview said the Senate did not have the constitutional right to give such orders.

He said “Until a new Commission has been reconstituted to consider whether to review or totally suspend the order, nobody anywhere can validly review or suspend the current tariffs.”

Reacting to his comments, the NLC President said “What else do we expect from a Chairman who not only compromised the Commission, but surrendered willy nilly its functions to the successor-companies in the power sector for God-knows why.”

He said “We also demand that if any DISCO (distribution company) or GENCO. (Generation company) does not have the requisite capacity, it should honourably surrender its possessory and proprietary rights to government as was the case with the Yola Electricity Company. The Yola company was honourable enough and reasons adduced by it, genuine.”

Wabba also said “We will not fold our hands while a few individuals or companies or institutions further plunder and plunge this country into abyss.”

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had earlier appealed to Nigerians to embrace the increased electricity tariff, describing it as a painful pill everyone must swallow.

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