Electricity Tariff-Trade Unions advise government to intervene

Timothy Choji, Abuja

The trade Union Congress of Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to urgently address the issue of increase in electricity tariff.

President of the Congress, Bobboi Kaigama made the call while on a visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We have come to the Vice President, to let government know some critical issues bothering the majority of Nigerians especially the working class. One of them is the recent increase in electricity tariff, which we have protested and we have told the Vice President areas e definitely need insist that government should intervene.” He stated.

He said there should be a revolution in the power sector, just as it was with the telecommunication sector.

“We all know that when the Global System of Mobile Communication GSM operators came, they installed their facilities and invested their money, then they charged Nigerians and we paid because the services were there and healty competition among them has brought us thus far. The same thing should happen to electricity,” Kaigama said.

Workers’ Salary

The Union leader however commended the President Buhari led administration for working hard on taking Nigeria to the next level.

“Since their inauguration, we have not been able to have a one-on-one interaction with the Vice President. We seized the opportunity of today’s parley to congratulate the new administration and encourage them that they have started well by addressing the issue of corruption, insecurity and generally re-branding Nigeria. The Trade Union Congress has come to identify with the administration and we will continue to give them the necessary support,” he said.

The Union leader said “it is time for the salaries of workers in the country to be reviewed, because the law says after every five years and the time for that has elapsed. So we have put them on notice and we are waiting for them to engage us in activating the process.”

Government’s Commitment

Responding, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is in government purely for the Nigerian people and is always open to talk and dialogue on issues affecting the masses.

“We are here for the people, if not for the people, we will not be here. We got here by the grace of God and the votes of the common man on the street, who felt it’s time for change, he said it is important for the Buhari Presidency to talk and dialogue, even if we disagree, we must still talk. The reason is that the government itself is the government of the people,” he stated.

The Vice President emphasised that the President and himself are always ready and available to engage with the Nigerian people.

Professor Osinbajo explained that government has set out a number of initiatives to better the lot of ordinary Nigerians including the six social investment programs for which a sum of N500 Billion has been allocated in the 2016 budget.