Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC in their thousands stormed the National Assembly on Monday to protest the recent hike in electricity tariff by 45 percent.
Speaking at the protest, President of the NLC said Ayuba Abba said that governance is about the will and welfare of the people adding that going with the economic hardship of the people it is difficult to survive.
“The fact is that most consumers are not metered in accordance with the signed privatisation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of November 1, 2013, which stipulates that within 18 months gestation period, all consumers must be metered.
“Its difficult for Nigerians to swallow this bitter pill, this tariff must be halted, Nigerians must be carried along because governance is of the will of the people, all over the world people pay for what they consume “the NLC President said.
On his part, President of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Bobboi Kaigama said that the increase cannot be justified.
Dino Melaye addressing the protesters said the 8th Senate’s agenda is the Nigerian masses reiterating that the welfare of the people is a mandatory responsibility of the government.
“I want to assure you, that will not changed, “Melaye told the protesters.
Responding, Senate President, Bukola Saraki assured the protesters that the welfare of the Nigerian masses is paramount to the 8th National Assembly.
“We are here at your instance and it is because of you we are here, “Saraki said.
The protest took off at Labour House, Central Business District, and would moved to the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Head Office before it went to the National Assembly.