By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
Following the suspension of the electricity rate hike by the Federal Government on Thursday, civil society organizations, CSOs, including ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, One Love Foundation, OLF, Grassroots Empowerment, and Justice, GEJ Initiative and others, They called on the Federal Government on Friday to fix the electricity sector and provide stable electricity to Nigerians.
FG is taking a loan for the development of the electricity sector, but raising the shocking rates – ActionAid
ActionAid Nigeria National Director Jan Obi said: “For me, the government is playing with the lives of Nigerians. Before raising the rate, didn’t you take permission from the federal government? No regulatory commission?
“My surprise is that the government is taking loans for the electricity sector and the electricity sector is privatized and we really don’t know what is happening.
“It really is the first time that they are causing divisions, which is in terms of specifying those in high-level areas and those in low-level areas, but the division of energy consumption is already there, where there are high industrial areas, and those people who don’t have enough electrical appliances to consume energy, but now come up with a rate hike to rob these poor people.
“Does it mean that the government wants poor people to remain poor, and what does the government have to alleviate their plight or the type of discrimination we have in the electricity sector now? The level of corruption in the sector is appalling and this is among Nigerians.
“We need to refocus. The government belongs to the people, by the people and for the people. If the government can really focus on the energy sector, it will transform the lives of Nigerians.
“Right now we have a generating economy that has negatively affected the economy. Many companies have died and others have left the country due to the electricity problem. We should stop extorting Nigerians. Let people have accountants and pay as they go.
“Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb because of the large population of young people who wake up every morning and don’t know where to go. We condemn the increase and the adjustments that are taking place, including the instability. All these shenanigans must stop. “
Tariff suspension victory of the people, keep your promise – OLF
One Love Foundation OLF founder Chief Patrick Osagie said: “It is heartbreaking and shameful that Mr. Babatunde Fashola, an APC chief and former Power Minister, once told Nigerians that any serious government should be able to fix electricity within six months. It is shameful that, as Minister of Power for four years, he could not do anything. It is a shame for him and for the government.
“Regarding the reversal of the electricity tariff, I will not say that the government is a government that listens, but rather, it is a government without ideology, purpose, vision and direction. A government that has refused to fight corruption in a comprehensive way, but rather promotes nepotism, excessiveness, disregard for the rule of law, etc.
“Victory is for the Nigerian people who resisted their wickedness and mismanagement, which aimed to further impoverish them. The Nigerian people, as well as CSOs, should be outspoken in upholding the principles of democracy and improving governance at all levels.
“I congratulate Nigerians for their courage, patriotism and passion for the Nigerian state. We must defend it with everything we have to make it a better place and the envy of the Western world.
“In conclusion, the Federal Government should apologize to Nigerians for trying to make life very difficult for them. It is unacceptable to pay for the dark. The government should fix the electricity and make the 24-hour supply available to all Nigerians before talking about the rate increase. “
Nigerians deserve electricity tariff revocation – CYNDO
The National Coordinator of the Concern Nigeria Development Youth organization, CNYDO, Joel Edegba, said: “I applaud the GF for the decision taken to reverse the electricity tariff because Nigerians face challenges and difficulties at this time in the country.
The FG Fatigue Incoherence Demonstration, Do What It Takes – HOMEF
The Director of the Health for Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, Arc Nnimmo Bassey, said: “The FG had shown a lot of inconsistency in the handling and communication at the power supply. Nigerians are tired of being charged without being sold anything. The nonsense in the electricity sector is appalling.
“The time has come for communities and neighborhoods to pool resources and establish their own solar energy systems and untangle themselves from the confusing, tangled and mangled wires of the national grid.”
We congratulate FG for listening to Nigerians but doing more – GEJ Initiative
The National Coordinator, Empowerment and Grassroots Justice, GEJ Initiative, Ebriku John Friday, said: “The Federal Government’s decision to reverse the adjusted electricity tariff is timely and highly commendable.
“This just shows that the government listens to the demands of the people, and for us at the Grassroots Empowerment and Justice Initiative it is a positive way to start the year.
“The government should take the bold step of fixing the mess in the energy subsector of the economy, consolidating its successes by making meters available to Nigerians for free or at subsidized rates to end estimated billing and ensure stable electricity throughout. the country for towns and villages. And end the generator regime.
“The Government should also consider deregulating the energy sector to all states and even LGAs to explore other genuine avenues of electricity generation and distribution, such as solar energy.
“Finally, in the spirit of the letter of President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Years message, the initiation and implementation of government policy should be such that it is aimed at empowering people at the grassroots to reduce the gap between rich and poor.” .
FG acted correctly when listening to the voice of reasoning – PMNN
The Founder of the Peoples’ Movement for a New Nigeria, PMNN, Yahaya Ndu, said: “If it has been reversed, I will say that it is a thing of joy and shows that the government can be vigilant after all.
“If that’s really the case, then it may usher in good things to come to our beloved nation Nigeria.”