The proposed increase in electricity tariff scheduled to commence in June has been rejected by the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, as such an increase would only add to the pitiable conditions of the vulnerable members of the society.
Mr. Joe Ajeero , the union’s General secretary of the union, said that the planned tariff was a poorly thought out, irresponsible and heartless decision that did not take the miserable plight of the vulnerable segment of the society – workers, jobless and unemployed – into due consideration in its conception.
In his words,
“The union’s stand is very clear on this; we shall stand to reject any hike in the electricity tariff. We told them when they were privatising this sector that they will add to the burden of the people, but they insisted and have their way by force. I am glad that other unions are now joining us to reject this planned submission against the poor and vulnerable Nigerians”.
He also noted that corruption and corporate greed, not low tariffs, were the major problems hindering the growth of the power sector in Nigeria.
*** Lilian Ogbonna