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NLC Rejects Electricity Tariff Hike, Subsidy Removal

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC on Wednesday rejected the 45 per cent hike in electricity tariffs announced on Monday by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.

PIC. 5. THE NEWLY ELECTED NLC PRESIDENT, COMRADE AYUBA WABBA, GIVING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AT THE 11TH NLC DELEGATES CONFERENCE IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/3/15). 1347/14/3/2015/OTU/BJO/NAN

The commission announced the raise while also ending the N750 compulsory fixed charge for all categories of users.

Sam Amadi, whose tenure as chairman of the commission officially lapsed on Monday, said the new rates did not affect residential consumers in houses, flats or residences with electricity lifeline of 50kWh, classified as R1. This category of consumers would continue to pay N4 kWh for unit of electricity consumed.

Other categories of consumers, including residential customers using single and three-phase meters in the houses and residences, classified R2, and Commercial consumers using their residences as factory for manufacturing goods and classified as C2.

The new energy charges were revised from an average of N13.21kWh to N28.05kWh for R2; N23.61 kWh to N36.78 kWh for C1 and N29.98 kWh to N46.23 kWh for C2 consumers.

But, at the end of its Central Working Committee meeting in Abuja, the NLC rejected the hike, describing it as not justifiable.

“Any increment in electricity charge at this time when the challenges in the country’s economy have adversely reduced the purchasing power of the ordinary Nigerians and slowed down businesses, including manufacturing, is not justifiable,” the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and General Secretary Peter Ozo-Eson, said in a statement.

 

“It is clear therefore that the 45% tariff increase is an additional heavy burden on consumers and will have a telling effect on business, especially manufacturing,” the union added.

While demanding that prepaid metres be made available to all consumers free of charge, the NLC leaders said the electricity distribution companies have always exploited Nigerians through estimated billing systems by deliberately refusing to make pre-paid metres available.

On removal of fuel subsidy and fuel price increase, the NLC said the discordant pronouncements from government officials on the two issues was creating panic and confusion in the system, even as it reaffirmed its opposition to any fuel price increase.

On minimum wage, the CWC said any attempt by any governor of any state of the federation to reduce or tamper with the minimum wage of workers, which is legally due for a review, would be vehemently resisted.

“The National Minimum Wage is a national law, which no governor can unilaterally review. We will mobilize all members of the Congress to any state that reviews downward the minimum wage, or resorts to laying off workers. The National Minimum Wage of N18, 000 has been rendered valueless by the mindless devaluation of the Naira and rising inflation,” the NLC said.

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    December 24, 2015 at 12:03 am

    we need increase in power supply not bill

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Social media spreads what you feed it – Ruggedman tells Lai Mohammed

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Social media spreads what you feed it – Ruggedman tells Lai Mohammed

Ruggedman, Nigerian Rapper has stated that social media spreads what it is fed with.

The rapper said this in response to calls for social media regulation by Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed.

 

RuggedMan tackles Lai Mohammed

Information Nigeria recalls that Lai Mohammed had said there is a need to regulate social media before it destroys the country.

RuggedMan tackles Lai Mohammed

Reacting to Lai Mohammed’s call for social media regulation, the famous rapper asked the Nigerian government to feed social media with contents of their completed projects and earn accolades rather than advocate for its regulation.

According to the musician, only those who are afraid of their failures being exposed are afraid of social media.

He tweeted, “Who is us? Social media spreads what you feed it. Feed social media with positive works you have done and it will be spread it. You will in turn get respect and accolades. Only those who do not want their unproductive, failed selves exposed are afraid of social media. #DoYourWork.”

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Protest against police brutality: Protesters loot shopping mall in Philadelphia (Video)

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Protest against police brutality: Protesters loot shopping mall in Philadelphia (Video)

Protesters in have taken to the streets to break into and loot into businesses for a second night after officers in Philadelphia shot and killed a black man who was holding a knife in an encounter that city officials say raises questions.

The protests began after a Philadelphia Police officer fatally shot a Black man in West Philadelphia.

Protesters gathered in West Philadelphia around 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, and marched to the 18th District police headquarters.

Also, Tuesday night, the lawyer for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., who was shot dead by police, said the family had called for an ambulance, not police, to get him help with a mental health crisis.

The death of Walter in front of his family members sparked outrage, which in turn sparked demonstrations and then lootings as hoodlums took advantage.

Philadelphia police said that two officers were hurt during Tuesday night’s unrest, but they didn’t reveal the extent of their injuries.

Along with the protest, more looting occurred in the city Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday, despite Wallace Jr.’s family’s denunciation of such actions.

Many cars could be seen pulling up to the shopping centers as people ran in and out of stores with carts full of merchandise and even televisions. Police would move in and scatter the looters, but people would sometimes return once the officers left.

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Peace and security will be restored in the country– President Buhari Tells Nigerians

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Peace and security will be restored in the country– President Buhari Tells Nigerians

The President has reminded Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost.

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested Nigerians to refrain from words and actions that could threaten the progress and unity of the country.

The President made the appeal during the launching of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) Emblem and Appeal Fund in Abuja on Wednesday October 28.

At the ceremony, President Buhari said this year’s occasion reminds Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost.

The President, who stressed that ‘‘Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity’’, honoured the memory of the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans, recounting their sacrifices during the First and Second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support Operations around the world.

He also paid tribute to men and women currently engaged in internal security operations, particularly the ongoing fight against insurgency, terrorism and armed banditry in some parts of the country, praising them for remaining steadfast in the difficult task of restoring peace and security despite the coronavirus pandemic.

”We honour the memory of our gallant officers and men who have paid the supreme sacrifice in order to keep the country united as one entity.

‘The nation remains grateful for the efforts and sacrifice of the Armed Forces especially in the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges confronting Nigeria.

‘The Armed Forces Remembrance Day or Veterans Day as it is known in some parts of the world is an important event observed in commemoration of the end of the Second World War.

In Commonwealth member countries, the Remembrance Day is observed on 11th November yearly. However, for us the date was changed to 15th January annually to accommodate the commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War’’ he said.

On security operations in the North West and North Central zones in the country, President Buhari expressed delight at the return of normalcy in some of the areas that previously witnessed security challenges.

”Our dear nation has witnessed numerous security challenges since independence.

”These security threats have undermined Nigeria in the areas of trade, investment and economy, education, health as well as agriculture and frequently denied Nigerians the freedom of movement.

”I am however pleased to state that a lot has been achieved in the Internal Security operations in the North West and North Central zones where in addition to Operations LAFIYA DOLE, HADARIN DAJI, HARBIN KUNAMA, WHIRL STROKE, other operations such as ACCORD, SAHEL SANITY and KATSINA were successfully launched.

”This has led to the return of normalcy in some of the affected areas. However, all hands must be on deck to check attacks on soft targets, ” he said.

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