Electricity Tariff Hike: Tinubu’s Reforms Lack Human Face – Atiku

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has rejected the hike in electricity tariff, saying it will worsen the suffering of the people.

In a series of tweets on Friday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in the last election accused the government of unleashing another dose of reforms without adequate notice and without an adequate post-reform plan to mitigate the pain.

The PDP chieftain said the increase in electricity tariff is coming at a time when “Nigerian citizens are going through excruciating difficulties occasioned by the withdrawal of subsidy on PMS and floating of the domestic currency.

“The government has not successfully dealt with the pains associated with the implementation of those measures, and now this. The hike in electricity tariff will create more difficulties for the citizens as inflationary pressures are elevated.

“Our manufacturing sector will similarly be impacted negatively. Not only are they paying higher interest rates on their bank loans but also paying more for diesel, paying higher wages as a result of the new minimum wage. The President’s men are pushing the economy into a deeper crisis. His reforms are without a human face.”

The opposition figure said, ” It is important that we understand the root cause of the inefficiencies in the power sector before unleashing another dose of reforms. It is time to revisit the privatization exercise that produced the DISCOs.

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“Tinubu must (a) ensure that these reforms are sequenced, (b) implement measures to mitigate the pain, and (c) hold the NERC responsible for ensuring improved service delivery.”

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