NCP To Protest Against ‘Crazy Bills’, Hike In Electricity Tariff



The National Conscience Party (NCP) has lamented the way consumers of electricity are being treated, with the issuance of ‘crazy bills’ becoming unbearable.

National Chairman of the party, Dr Tanko Yunusa, on Wednesday said the party would therefore hold a protest on Feb. 7 to make the grievances of the consumers known.

Speaking to newsmen at the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s house in Ikeja, Yunusa said that the rally would begin from Fawehinmi’s house by 9.00 am and terminate at the office of the Nigeria Energy Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Ikeja.

He decried the way consumers are being charged for electricity not used, as he noted that it is not a secret that the country has been experiencing poor power supply.

“Our displeasure and the peaceful protest is informed by the unacceptable alarming and unabated sufferings of our members, indeed, poor Nigerian masses.

“This is occasioned by the extortionist tendencies of disbanded NEPA or PHCN, and the new power generation and distribution companies in Nigeria under the gazing eyes of NERC,’’ he said.

Yunusa frowned at the “scandalous’’ hike in electricity tariffs consumers were contending with, and without consuming power.

The NCP chairman said as a party that cares about the masses, it not hesitate to seek redress in court on their behalf if  nothing is done on the matter.

“To NCP, the measure of development and good governance is the material upliftment of our people.

“If the rich can afford it, what happens to the widows, the barbers, the vulcanisers; the crazy bills and payment without light is enough,’’ he said.

Yunusa however assured those who are willing to join in the protest of their security, stating that the party had written to Lagos State Commissioner of Police about the protest, and adequate security would be provided.