Organised Labour picketing Ikeja Electric on Monday, 8 Feb. 2016 against 45% tariff increase
Oyo State members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NCL), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Monday took the streets in Ibadan, protesting against the hike in electricity tariff which took effect from 1 February, 2016.
The peaceful demonstration to the offices of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, its headquarters on Ring Road, other stations in Monatan, Gate, and Dugbe, forced the IBEDC workers to abandon their work and come out of their offices.
The workers held various banners with inscriptions demanding for the reversal of the tariff hike,saying that Nigerians would not succumb to the violation of their fundamental human rights by unnecessarily extorting and exploiting the vulnerable.
There was huge presence of police vehicles but the policemen only watched from a distance without interference.
Before hitting the streets, the workers had earlier gathered at the NLLC secretariat in Agodi area of Ibadan, where the NLC Vice President, Bayo Titilola-Sodo, and TUC chairman in the state, Bolanle Olabode, addressed them and the media on the reason for the protest.
According to Titilola-Sodo, the hike by the Federal Government was illegal, and unreasonable, owing to a subsisting court order and the plight of Nigerian workers.
He said FG’s action was an expression of insensitivity over workers’ welfare, while the national treasurer of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Ademola Aremu, described the tariff hike as a way of forcing a gain when no service was delivered.
Titilola-Sodo said, “The Nigerian workers have gathered to resist the illegal, unreasonable and unjustifiable hike in electricity tariff in their country by the government. There is a law governing the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Nigeria. That law is the Power Sector Reform Act of 2005. Section …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper