The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday joined their counterparts across the country to protest the 45 per cent hike in electricity tariff by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), as they shut the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company. The Labour Unions stormed the zonal headquarters of the electricity firm as early as 7:00am and locked the gate.
The union members, who chanted solidarity songs in between speeches, vowed to continue the protest until Federal Government reverses the increment. The former Deputy President of the NLC, Comrade Issa Aremu, who led the labour unions in the state to picket the company, said it became necessary after all efforts to make the federal government to shelve the increment failed.
According to him, Nigerians are paying more than they consume for electricity supply and wondered why the Federal Government should increase the tariff when the supply has not improved.