NLC seals Kaduna Electricity Company office as MD kicks

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NLC seals Kaduna Electricity Company office as MD kicks
 
By; Amos Tauna, Kaduna.
Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has been sealed by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), protesting the recent increase of electricity tarrif.
 
The premises of the company is also being guarded by a detachment of Police personnel to avert any breakdown of law and order by the protesting labour officials.
 
One of the officials of NLC, Mallam Shehu Mohammed told New Nigerian that they sealed the gates of the company in order to press home the demand of the old tariff for Nigerians to be able to pay light bills regularly.
 
He explained that “this protest will continue so long as the government refused to listen to the cry of Nigerians because this is not the change we voted for.
 
“We believe as workers and citizens of this country that President Muhammadu Buhari has a listening ear to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians towards ensuring a better environment for people to live in.”
 
Reacting to the development, the head of the Corporate Communication Department of the company,  Abdulaziz Abdullahi, the Managing Director/CEO, Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna, in a statement called on the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union congress to stop their planned picketing of distribution companies as the nation cannot afford any disruption to power for now.
The statement explained that “the current economic challenges facing the country makes the planned action of the labour movements ill-motivated and counterproductive.”
According to Engineer Garba, all stakeholders must join hands together to consolidate on the success achieved with the privatization of the power sector.
 
“For the first time in the history of Nigeria’s power sector, electricity generation has hit an all-time high of 5,075MW, demonstrating the evolution and progress in the capacity of the sector to meet the country’s power needs, a major requirement in the drive to grow the nation’s economy and improve quality of life,” he contended.
 
Engineer Garba reiterated that the new tariff regime recently approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is not only about tariff increase. “It is a comprehensive master plan aimed at having a cost reflective tariff for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry. The new tariff will enable the actors in the electricity value chain; generation, transmission and distribution companies, to cover the cost of their operations and attract further investment in the power sector.
 
“It shall also guarantee sustainable growth in the power sector and ensure stable and qualitative power supply across the country”.
 
The Electricity boss further reiterated his company’s resolve to provide steady and qualitative power supply in its operational territory.

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