The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) on Sunday expressed their displeasure at the Federal Government plan to implement the electricity tariff. They insisted FG should ensure steady power supply before increasing electricity tariff.
The statement issued in Kaduna by the Secretary General of the Union, Issa Aremu, said the group support the planned picketing of electricity distribution companies by the organised labour.
We hereby declare our total support for the planned picketing by labour and civil society allies of all offices of the electricity distribution companies (DISCOS) nationwide, including Abuja, on Monday February 8, to protest the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariff.
We commend NLC leadership for this mass action for improved power supply instead of incessant non-service charges.
Aremu advised President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently revisit the report of the 2014 national conference and implement the holistic recommendations for the power sector.
He also said that the Federal Government should not allow the increase in tariff “by the underperforming generating and distribution companies.”
The NUTGTWN General Secretary further added that the firms should be given a two-year time frame “to allow them stabilise and provide efficient power supply to Nigerians before they can contemplate any tariff increase. ” He also suggested there should be more transparency in all future sale of the nation’s assets.
We reject the hike in electricity tariff and hereby call on our members across the country and all well meaning Nigerians to come out and join NLC protest to drive home the fact that the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariff is unacceptable.
Still speaking, he added,
The point cannot be overstated. Between 30 per cent and 35 per cent of textile and garment manufacturing costs are energy related expenses.
Without electrification there can be no industrialisation.
The promise and expectation that President Buhari will revive textile industry generally is not possible without electricity.
According to Aremu, it is time for the Buhari administration to critically review the power sector reform with a view of increasing public sector investment.