Nigerian Govt Appeals For Calm Amid Electricity Tariff Hike Threats From Union Workers

Nigerian Govt Appeals For Calm Amid Electricity Tariff Hike Threats From Union Workers

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The Nigerian government is urging calm in the face of escalating tensions over the recent electricity tariff hike.

Amid threats of industrial action by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), the government is appealing for dialogue to resolve the impasse.

The National President of NUEE, Adebiyi Adeyeye, reiterated the union’s stance, emphasizing the impossibility of providing 20 hours of electricity with the current infrastructure. In an interview, Adeyeye expressed concern over the potential risks to both customers and union members in enforcing the tariff hike.

“We just want the citizen to know that this thing is not possible, it is not feasible, you cannot give what you don’t have,” Adeyeye stated.

He highlighted the challenges faced by union members, including attacks from customers frustrated by inconsistent power supply. Adeyeye stressed that the union’s priority is to protect its members from such attacks, which could escalate with the tariff hike.

“We’ve recorded a lot of attacks on our members, even with the present situation. And these guys have nothing to defend themselves,” he explained.

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Adeyeye emphasized that the union had not issued a direct ultimatum for strike action but warned that services could be withdrawn if the government fails to address the situation.

“The reason why we are saying this is simple, you ask our members to go to the public to collect 20-hour tariff from people that are not even experiencing a four-hour supply of electricity,” he added.

Responding to the union’s concerns, Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, appealed for understanding, citing efforts to improve the power sector for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“We just want to appeal to the labour union to understand what led to this. This is not about strike. It is about understanding; so that we can all work together,” Adelabu stated.

He emphasized that the tariff adjustments were necessary steps towards resolving challenges in the power sector and fostering economic growth.

“I want to appeal to the union to bear with us. It is for the good of the nation,” Adelabu concluded.

The standoff between the government and the electricity workers’ union underscores the complexities of addressing power supply issues in Nigeria. As discussions continue, stakeholders are hopeful for a resolution that balances the interests of both consumers and workers in the energy sector.


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