Electricity Tariff Hike: FG Convene Meeting to Address Labour Unions’ Concerns.

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The federal government say it will hold a crucial meeting next week to address the demands by organised labour for the restoration of the power subsidy and the reversal of the hike in electricity tariff.

The spokesperson for the ministry of power, Florence Eke, disclosed this after the labour unions disrupted activities at the ministry in Abuja, on Monday.

She said the ministry was committed to transparency and would engage in a comprehensive dialogue with all relevant parties to discuss the issues raised.

The union was at the Power House today and they were addressed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power. He assured that the ministry would call for a stakeholder meeting by next week where all issues will be addressed because one of the points they raised was that there was not enough consultation before the tariff was increased. The permanent secretary said as policymakers, the ministry would invite the stakeholders by next week,’’ she said.

The protests paralysed activities at the federal ministry of power, and the Nigeria electricity regulatory commission (NERC) and also disrupted the operations of the distribution companies across the country.

The nationwide protests were triggered by the federal government’s decision to raise electricity tariffs and remove the subsidy from the power sector.

 The Nigeria Labour congress and Trade union congress remain adamant on their demands, urging am immediate reversal in the tariff hikes.

The national treasurer of the NLC, Hakeem Ambali warned “The protest is a one-day warning action. If after a week nothing happens, labour will go into full action.”

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