Connect with us

News

NLC demands new tariff hike reversal for Band A customers

Published

on

Band A customers: NLC demands new tariff hike reversal
NLC President, Joe Ajaero
Spread the love
The Nigeria Labour Congress has frowned at the recent hike in tariff payable by Band A customers from N206.80 per kilowatt-hour to N209.5/KWh.

While demanding an immediate of the new tariff, the NLC also accused the Federal Government of insensitivity and insincerity.

In a statement on Thursday, the President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, disclosed that the hike in electricity tariff represented the height of impunity and arrogance, saying the development would put more companies out of business as well as create more difficulties for consumers.

DisCos had on Wednesday announced a new round of tariff hikes.

According to them, the new tariff approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission was due to their high operational costs occasioned by rising inflation, and exchange rate fluctuations.

Ajaero recalled that during the recent national strike, the Federal Government promised to address the hike in Band A tariff from 68/kWh, wondering why the next step taken was another tariff hike instead of a downward review.

Ajaero said, “This increment has come on the heels of unresolved contestations around the insane 250 per cent hike in tariff leading to national paralysis including the shutting down of 300 businesses as per the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

“The 250 per cent hike drew the ire of the citizenry and rage of organised labour whose members went on a one-day protest for its unreasonableness and violation of extant rules of tariff hike.”

“We had demanded a reversal.  The only reason that action was paused was a firm assurance from relevant quarters including the National Assembly that the matter would be dealt with quietly,” he mentioned.

Advertisement

Meanwhile, the NLC president decried another hike instead of a reversal, arguing that this is further proof of the insincerity of the government just as it is equally a measure of the government’s insensitivity.

SEE ALSO:  Killers of Corps member sentenced to death in Osun

“We do not doubt that this frequent crass display of insincerity and insensitivity will pit the people against the government or vice versa,” he stated.

Ajaero explained that the three excuses given by DisCo (exchange rate, interest rate and cost of gas) as justification for this increase “underscore our argument that the government and entities in the energy sector are not serious about finding an enduring solution to our energy crisis”.

He emphasised, Given the further damage this latest wave of increase will do to our economy, we demand an immediate reversal of the hike. It is unjustifiable, unreasonable and malevolent. Government and DisCos should stop killing the people and the economy.”

Advertisements
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Armed robbery suspect falls into well after raiding students hostels

Published

on

Armed robbery suspect falls into well after raiding students hostels
• A Water Well
Spread the love
An armed robbery suspect, simply identified by his nickname, Bob Jay fell into an open well on Friday night after he and other gang members raided student’s hostel in Unicross, Okuku campus.

The robbers, according to a student of the school who gave her name as Regina, attacked students in their hostel at about 12 midnight and carted away laptops, phones and money and after the robbery, one of the hoodlums fell into an open well while trying to escape with their loot.

“They were many that came around 12 midnight. They robbed all the students in the Okuku hostel. They stabbed one student, broke the head of another with a stick before escaping with phones, laptops and other valuables,” She told Vanguard on phone.

She said the well was used by students to fetch water to bathe and wash clothes and has no cover.

“Nobody knew that one of the robbers fell into the well until dawn when students went to fetch water and saw the man inside dead. They raised alarm and the community people came and took him out and was identified as one of the robbers and some people said his name is Bob Jay from Mbube, a neigbouring village”

She said the police were alerted and they came and took the body away.

She said no other gang members identified yet since the robbers phone fished out of his picket is blur.

Advertisements
SEE ALSO:  Two-storey building under construction collapses in Enugu, carpenter killed, landlord arrested
Continue Reading

News

Kogi Fraud: Handover Yahaya Bello to EFCC for trial – Adeyanju to Gov Ododo

Published

on

Kogi Fraud: Handover Yahaya Bello to EFCC – Adeyanju to Gov Ododo
• Deji Adeyanju
Spread the love

Popular activist lawyer, Deji Adeyanju has asked Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State to hand over his predecessor, Yahaya Bello to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for trial.

Adeyanju made the call while describing Ododo as an impunity-loving governor.

Posting on Facebook, Adeyanju wrote: “Ododo, the impunity-loving governor of Kogi State should hand over Yahaya Bello to the EFCC to face trial for all his corrupt acts.”

Bello has been on the run since EFCC initiated a fraud case of N80.2 billion allegedly committed while he was still governor of Kogi State.

He went into hiding after operatives of the anti-graft agency attempted to arrest him from his residence in Abuja.

During the raid by EFCC, Ododo had stormed Bello’s residence and whisked him out of the house.

Following its inability to arrest him, EFCC had placed him on the wanted list.

Amid the saga with the EFCC, Bello had prayed an Abuja Federal High Court to transfer his case to Kogi State for trial.

Advertisement

But Justice John Tsoho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court dismissed Bello’s application seeking to transfer his case to Kogi State.

Justice Tsoho upheld the argument of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that the case should remain in Abuja.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Ododo is hiding Bello at the Kogi State Government House.

Advertisements
SEE ALSO:  Gunmen abduct passengers of Abuja-bound bus in Kogi
Continue Reading

News

Five trapped as building collapses in Osun

Published

on

Five trapped as building collapses in Osun
Rescue workers at the site of the collapsed building
Spread the love

Residents of the Sabo area in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, were gripped with fear on Sunday, July 14, when an abandoned building, allegedly used by hoodlums, collapsed.

Five people were reportedly trapped inside when the building collapsed around 7:30 am.

It was learned that the uncompleted, abandoned storey building had been used by hoodlums as an abode before its collapse.

A source known as Tunde explained that the building was a den for cultists, hoodlums, and other bad actors, and that security operatives had raided it several times before its collapse on Sunday morning.

He said: “As I am talking to you, security operatives with rescue teams have arrived the scene. They have brought crain machine to the scene, they rescued three people from the rumbles.”

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps(NSCDC), Osun State Command, Kehinde Adeleke confirmed the collapse.

According to her, “Subsequent to our earlier report dated 10 June 2024 in which we reported on an uncompleted building used as residence by hoodlums by AUD primary school, Sabo Elegun.

“The building we reported was an eyesore and we recommended raiding by task force and the environmental body to the building is sanitised. The said building collapsed at about 07:30 hrs today Sunday 14th July 2024 entrapping 5 people.

Advertisement

“Two people have been rescued so far while the remaining three are entrapped under the decking that requires the use of a Crain.

“While we await the crane, people are doing all they can within the physical human capacity to break the decking and connected rods. The LGA chairman and his team were around and they have gone to see how the Crain can be brought down. On ground are the SSG who just arrived , NSCDC, Police commissioner of police and the team, OSEMA, and other government dignitaries.”

Advertisements
SEE ALSO:  Kogi govt threatens to demolish houses, hotels occupied by ‘Yahoo Boys’
Continue Reading

Trending