Labour activist and human rights lawyer, Comrade Femi Aborisade, on Tuesday chided the Federal Government for the 50 per cent hike in electricity tariff, saying it is an open declaration of economic war against the masses by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government.
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has approved over 50 per cent hike in electricity tariff effective January 1, 2021.
The new tarrif hike regime is to be paid by customers of the 11 electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs).
Reacting to the hike in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, Aborisade called for mass action against the government.
The labour lawyer charged the masses, organizations, trade unions and young Nigerians to peacefully resist the hike.
The governorship candidate said:”The most recent reported electricity tariff increase by 50 per cent is an urgent clarion call on the masses to stand up and resist with unprecedented peaceful mass actions, protests and rallies ever seen in Nigeria.
“Ordinary people and their organisations, trade unions and young people, including the army of the unemployed must organise to resist peacefully.
”The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) is the economic programme of the APC-led Federal Government. The policy in the ERGP on electricity is continual
grant of tarrif increases to encourage investors in the sector. This policy is not hidden.
” It is an open declaration of war against the masses. The APC-led Federal Government, like the PDP before it, is in power to wage economic war against the economic wellbeing of the masses. It is not a hidden agenda.
“The masses therefore have no choice but respond in like measure, to defend their interest, resist the tariff increase with peaceful action.
“Ultimately, as Minister Fashola said pre-2015 elections, if the masses want to enjoy electricity supply at affordable tarrifs, they should engage in peaceful protest, demanding an immediate end to APC misrule.
“Where the APC-controlled Federal Government successfully resists the impending mass protests, then by 2023, the masses and young people that participated in the #Endsars should vote out the APC and enthrone an alliance of all working people political parties whose programnes are predicated upon reversal of privatisation of the electricity subsector and an end to perennial increases in electricity tariffs”.
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