By: Valentine Adese
With less than 24 hours from now, Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) nationwide would have their first taste of the will of Nigerians, as the Nigerian workers are set to lead consumers to shutdown their administrative operations on Monday, 8th February, 2016.
You would recall that DISCOS have decided to increase their tariff by 45%, as against the popular wish of Nigerians, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
In Plateau State, the NLC and TUC chapters, have already started mobilizing the state workers and consumers towards the showdown.
Many in the state have already started receiving text messages with respect to the move. The text is aimed at sensitizing the populace on the need for people to come out to assist in the picketing of the Head Office of, Jos Distribution office at Rwang Pam Street close to REALITY Newspapers Head Office.
The text now available to REALITY reads:
“NLC, TUC and CSOs invite u to a peaceful picketing of Jos Electricity Distribution Plc; for lack of provision of electricity meter, over billing illegal billing and corruption in energy sector @ former NEPA office, opposite GTB, Ahmadu Bello Way, by 6am on Monday, 8th -02-2016. Pass this message to 10 people.”
In an exclusive interview with REALITY yesterday, the Chairman of NLC in Plateau State, Comrade Jibrin Banchir, disclosed that NLC/TUC have already written officially, to security outfits in the state to provide protection for Nigerians that would be coming out for the showdown, as of right.
You would recall that the increment of tariff by the DISCOS have been described as illegal, unconstitutional and aimed at causing more hardship in the country.
“This has the potentials of causing chain effect since every Nigerian depends on electricity, from the welder, Akara vendor to the industrialists.” Comrade Jibrin stated.
Report has it that the DISCOS have also approached security outfits for protection against the move.