Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 May 2012

Nigeria: Group Rejects Planned Electricity Tariff Hike

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Power lines.

Ilorin — The Muslim Congress (TMC) said that with the proposed electricity tariff increase, the Federal Government has not genuinely rescinded its agenda of fuel subsidy removal.

Amir of the congress, Malam Luqman AbdurRaheem, who stated this in a chat with DailyTrust described the move to hike electricity tariffs as tactless, when the dust raised by the 50 percent hike in fuel price was yet to settle.

"Don't we have economists, planners and strategists in Nigeria advising government? Can't they see the mood in the country?, Malam Abdulraheem queried.

He said, "as a responsive faith-based organisation committed to the welfare of Nigerians irrespective of creed, we feel this is rather unfortunate, heartless and a sign of betrayal of the trust the Nigerian masses reposed in government."

The group argued that the proposed increase in electricity tariff, "is a metamorphosed fuel subsidy removal. Our position is hinged on facts and figures on state of the country."

"... Federal Republic of Nigeria is not in recession nor financially broke to warrant increase in electricity tariff, going by the huge and mouth-watering billions reportedly stolen by some faceless cabals, cases which are presently before the EFCC. Have we forgotten the stolen N32.8 billion Police Pension Fund and another N110 million pension of retirees in the Federal Civil Service Commission?," he asked.

"Two, the socio-economic wellbeing of Nigerians has not improved to warrant an upward review of utility tariff. In fact, it is deteriorating on a daily basis going by official statistics. We urge the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives to intervene, before the PHCN management starts the implementation of the anti-people agenda," the group said.

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