New Tariff: Labour pickets Ikeja Electric

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Kazeem Ugbodaga
Organised Labour picketing Ikeja Electric on Monday, 8 Feb. 2016 against 45% tariff increaseOrganised Labour picketing Ikeja Electric on Monday, 8 Feb. 2016 against 45% tariff increaseOrganised Labour picketing Ikeja Electric on Monday, 8 Feb. 2016 against 45% tariff increase
Members of the organised labour Monday picketed the Ikeja Electric, IE, one of the Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, for three hours to express their grievances over increase in electricity tariff by the Federal Government.
The organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Civil society groups and others blocked the main entrance of the company and prevented customers from gaining access.
The protesters marched from Allen on Awolowo Way, Ikeja down to Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria to the office of Ikeja Electric.
Some of the placards they carried read: “Fashola you again? What you did to state you’re planning it at Federal again! Stop your agitation for increase in tariff of electricity in Federal. Why?” “Provide electricity, develop our economy,” among others.
There was traffic gridlock on Awolowo Way as the protesters marched to the office of Ikeja Electric to express their grievances.
Afraid that the protesters would storm the Governor’s Office and the State House of Assembly, the entrance to the Governor’s Office and the House of Assembly were barricaded by battle-ready policemen led by the Commissioner of Police.
The aggrieved members vowed to continue to picket the DISCO until the 45 percent increase in electricity tariff is reversed.
Vice President, NLC, Amaechi Asugwuni said that the increment at this time negated the present economic hardship, saying it was an attempt to further impoverish the poor masses.
`”The DISCOs promised to give Nigerians meters in 18 months but they failed. This is corruption and it is ripping Nigerians off their money,” he said, adding that labour would continue to protest the 45 …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper