Workers Protest Band A Tariff Hike at Electricity Distribution Companies

Workers, represented by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), staged protests at various electricity distribution company (DisCo) offices over the Band A tariff hike. The protests, aimed at reversing the tariff increase, disrupted operations as workers prevented others from resuming work.

In Lagos, protesters gathered at the corporate headquarters of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, while in Oyo, they stormed the office of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company. Policemen were present to maintain order during the demonstrations.

The NLC and TUC issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to reverse the revised tariff. However, the Federal Government warned against a reversal, citing potential consequences for the power sector, and urged Nigerians to endure temporary difficulties.

Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advised the Federal Government to eliminate electricity subsidies in other bands to alleviate economic pressures.

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