Why we’e on solidarity with ASUU – Wabba

July 26, 2022
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NLC Threatens Industrial Action Over Electricity Tariff Hike By Felix ifijeh Organized labour, under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has warned that it would embark on an industrial action if the speculation about an increase in electricity tariff becomes a reality. NLC stated this in a letter titled, “Notice on Speculations on increase in Electricity Tariff,” signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba. The current electricity tariff charged for residential areas in both Abuja and Lagos ranges from N36 to N47.09 per kilowatt. The Federal Government approved the last increase in electricity tariff in January 2021 following complaints by the operators of the distribution companies that low tariff was adversely affecting their business. However, there have been speculations that the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) was planning to grant fresh approvals for an increase in tariff by commencing the processes for the Minor Review of the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO-2020). According to reports, NERC is considering inflationary pressure, foreign exchange, gas prices and available generation capacity as part of the reasons for the proposed tariff hike. However, there have been negotiations between the Federal Government and organized labour on modalities to use in arriving at a tariff mechanism acceptable to both parties. In the letter, NLC dismissed reports of an on-going plan to increase electricity tariff as mere speculation. The letter read, “We wish to draw your attention to the wave of speculation, especially as widely reported in the media, that there are fresh plans to grant approval to Electricity Distribution Companies to hike electricity tariff. “We write to remind the minister that organized labour on September 28, 2020 through the federal government-organized labour committee on Electricity Tariff agreed to freeze further increases in electricity tariff until the committee concludes its work and its report adopted by all the principals in the committee. “It is in light of this that we dismiss the on-going speculation on increase in electricity tariff as mere speculations. We, however, find it prudent to put you on notice that should the government make true the swirling speculation by approving an increase in electricity tariff, organized labour would be left with no option than to deploy the industrial mechanisms granted in our laws for the defense of workers’ rights.”
National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba
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July 26, (THEWILL) – President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has justified the Union’s solidarity rally for the Academic Stafff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

The NLC had scheduled Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27, as National Days of Protest across the country, in solidarity with striking varsity lecturers.

Labour said the protest would hold at all the State capitals, while the mega rally would take place in Abuja to pressure the Federal Government to meet ASUU’s demands

While on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday, Wabba noted that ASUU is an affiliate of the NLC, pointing out that anything that affects any of its affiliates directly affects Labour.

Further justifying Labour’s solidarity rally, Wabba regretted that “the children of the poor and the working class are pining away at home, while the children of the elite are schooling abroad.”

He described the situation as “unacceptable.”

The Labour leader regretted that “10m eligible Nigerian children are currently awaiting entry into Nigerian universities.”

He explained that the figure represents a back log of three sets of fresh entrants, who are staying idle at home because of the Federal Government’s induced ASUU strikes.

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