Support electricity sector transformation- FG urges labour

By Innocent Raphael

In response to recent protests by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over electricity tariff hikes, the Federal Government has emphasized the importance of collaboration in its transformation efforts for the electricity sector.

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, speaking on Tuesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting, acknowledged the right of labor unions to peaceful protest and assured them of the government’s willingness to engage with their demands.

He highlighted President Bola Tinubu’s administration as responsive to public concerns.

While acknowledging the grievances of the protesters, Adelabu pointed out that the majority of those protesting were not significantly affected by the tariff increase, as they still benefited from substantial government subsidies.

“We have heard their demands, we’re going to look at it, we’ll make further engagements and I believe we’re going to reach a peaceful resolution with the labor because no government can succeed without the cooperation, collaboration and partnership with the Labour unions.

“So we welcome the peaceful protest and I’m happy that it was not a violent protest. They’ve made their positions known and government has taken in their demands and we’re looking at it,” he said.

He also drummed for cooperation to avoid derailing the government’s reform agenda, emphasizing the need for sacrifice from all stakeholders for long-term benefits.

“My appeal again is that they should please not derail or distract our transformation plan for the industry. We have a clearly documented reform roadmap to take us to our desired destination, where we’re going to have reliable, functional, cost-effective and affordable electricity in Nigeria. It cannot be achieved overnight because this is a decay of almost 60 years, which we are trying to correct,” the minister added.

Highlighting the progress made since recent reforms began, he stressed the importance of sustaining momentum to ensure improved electricity supply across the country.

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