The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has described as ‘sorrow gift’ and ‘adamant desire’ the increase in the electricity tariff by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, at the beginning of the new year 2021.
The Union Chairman in Cross River State, Comrade Ben Ukpebi, stated this in Calabar, the state capital while reacting to the recent announcement of the hike in electricity tariff by the Federal Government agency.
Ukpebi who lamented the daily sufferings in Nigeria due to the harsh economy vowed to mobilise Nigerian workers starting from Cross River State to resist the increase in electricity tariff, saying the hike will lead to rising in inflation and cost of goods and services across the country.
There were, however, mixed reactions among the residents of Calabar, who spoke on the issue, with a call for stability in the distribution of electricity before an increase in tariff.
The union said the Nigerian economy was not ready for any increase in electricity tariff due to recession, pointing out that the increase would lead to job losses in a country where unemployment is at a high rate.