The Nigerian Labour Congress has warned the Federal Government over breaching the agreement on the consensus to suspend any increase in electricity tariff.
This was contained in a statement issued by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, on Friday in Abuja.
“This is until the FGN-Labour Committee on Electricity Tariff concludes its work and its report is submitted and adopted by the Principals in the broad FG-Labour platform, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Presidents of NLC and TUC, respectively.
”This pact to freeze electricity tariff increase entered into by the Principals last year September remains sacrosanct to Congress and would not admit flouting by any form of subterfuge.
”Despite the suppositions, fibs and fabrications, possible prevarications, Congress is inclined to dismiss the probable increase in electricity tariff as a mere conjecture.
”We would, however, be mindful to carefully track the various rumours, decoys and perhaps, arrant mischief concerning the management of electricity tariff,” he said.
According to Wabba, the union will resist any attempt by the FG to increase the tariff which was a reaction to a report in one of the dailies on Sept. 21, that the electricity tariff would rise by over a hundred per cent from January 2022.
”The story was purportedly distilled from the remarks of the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure at the stakeholders’ engagement of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) held in Lagos on Sept.17.
”To be charitable, Congress had received a refutation of the newspaper report from the Special Adviser and Secretary of the FGN-Labour Committee on Electricity Tariff earlier on Sept. 21.
”He also apprised Congress leadership that he had been contacted by some other newspapers between Sept. 8 and Sept. 20 for confirmation of the story and that he categorically debunked the basis and essence of the attributed statement.
“To quote the Special Adviser, ‘the press article and statements ascribed to me did not emanate from me or my office,” Wabba said.