OrderPaperToday– Leader of the minority caucus of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu, has condemned moves to increase electricity tariff in the country, while cautioning the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to put an end to all plans related to the proposed hike.
Elumelu explained in a press statement issued on Thursday that any increase in electricity tariff will further exacerbate the economic situation in the country and worsen the already excruciating financial burden on homes, personal businesses, companies and the overall productive sectors.
Noting that Nigerians are already overwhelmed with hardship, he stated,”Nigerians are currently passing through grave economic stress and anything that would aggravate the situation, such as an increase in electricity tariff, is completely unacceptable.
“Electricity is pivotal to the economic and social lives of Nigerians,” he added, while urging NERC to seek ways of making power affordable and available to Nigerians, in line with its establishment laws, instead of increase in tariff.
He further assured that the minority caucus will continue to protect the interest of Nigerians in this regard by monitoring prevailing tariff on electricity as well as levies on other essential services in the country to ensure that they are not overburdened.
The minority leader, therefore, directed all members of the caucus in relevant committees to intensify their oversight functions in this direction in the interest of Nigerians