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The timing is wrong – Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume kicks against electricity tariff hike

Senate Chief Whip Ali Ndume has condemned the recent hike in electricity tariff...READ THE FULL STORY HERE▶

In a statement released on Saturday, April 6, the Borno federal lawmaker said the timing is wrong as Nigerians are yet to recover from the removal of fuel subsidy.

Ndume called on the Federal Government to reconsider its position in the interest of Nigerians, adding that many are facing many challenges, including unprecedented inflation, poor purchasing power, insecurity, and other hardship.

The lawmaker who also claimed that the decision was taken without necessary consultation with the National Assembly as representatives of the people, further stated that the federal government should focus on providing stable electricity first to Nigerians, reduce the inflation, stabilise the naira, reduce food prices, and provide other basic amenities to Nigerians before increasing the tariff.

The statement read;

“The news of the (electricity tariff) increment came to me and many of my colleagues as a shock. It also came at a time when the National Assembly is on a break. Personally, I think the timing of this hike is very wrong. Nigerians are grappling with many challenges.

“To put this fresh responsibility on them is very unfair. Nigerians are yet to recover from the fuel subsidy removal of last year. Many Nigerians are still grappling with the ripple effects that removal had on them. To now come up with this is wrong.

“I believe that the timing is wrong. There ought to have been some consultations, especially with the National Assembly as representatives of the people. We were not consulted. We saw the news like every other Nigerian.

“The inflation is still very high. The prices of food commodities, drugs, transportation, school fees, and other daily expenditures are still on the high side. To now add this new burden is unfair.

“The minimum wage has not been increased. Many state governments are yet to even pay the current minimum wage of N30,000. How do we expect the people to survive? We’ve to be very realistic and feel the pulse of the people we represent as a government.

“For me, I think the Federal Government should first of all provide stable electricity, reduce the inflation, stabilise the naira, and prices of food commodities. Then, the purchasing power of Nigerians must significantly improve before we can place a fresh responsibility on them as a government.

“The federal government needs to give the National Assembly the opportunity to also step in and consult because we represent the people. We feel their pulse, and we know what they’re going through right now.”

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