Labour shuts down Ikeja, Ibadan DisCos over electricity tariff hike

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The Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, on Monday, thronged various offices of the electricity distribution companies to prevent workers from resuming work for the day.

Their action followed a hike in the tariff for Band A customers (consumers who enjoy at least 20 hours of daily power supply).

In Lagos, the union members were sighted at the corporate headquarters of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, singing and calling for the reversal of the Band A tariff.

The leadership of the two unions also picketed the headquarters of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company.

It was gathered that policemen were on ground to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

NLC and TUC gave the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission a seven-day ultimatum to reverse the revised tariff.

However, the Federal Government said a reversal of the tariff would spell doom for the power sector, urging Nigerians to bear the temporary pains.

Amid this, the International Monetary Fund advised the Federal Government to remove electricity subsidies on other electricity bands to save the economy.