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Nigerian senator leads criticism of new electricity tariff



Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, along with other Nigerians, has criticized the recent increase in electricity tariffs approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

He believes that the timing of this hike is inappropriate, especially considering that Nigerians are still reeling from the removal of fuel subsidy.

Senator Ndume, representing Borno South and serving as the Chief Whip of the Senate, on Saturday urged the federal government to reconsider its decision in light of the challenges faced by Nigerians, such as inflation, low purchasing power, insecurity, and other hardships.

He has called for the suspension of the tariff increment, emphasizing that the government should prioritize providing stable electricity, reducing inflation, stabilizing the currency, lowering food prices, and ensuring access to basic amenities before imposing additional financial burdens on the populace.

Senator Ndume also expressed disappointment that the National Assembly was not consulted before such a significant decision was made, highlighting the importance of involving elected representatives in matters that directly impact the people they serve.

Various stakeholders, including labor unions, ethnic and religious leaders, have also opposed the tariff hike, warning of its potential adverse effects.

Senator Ndume stressed the need for empathy and practical considerations in government policies, particularly in light of the economic challenges faced by many Nigerians.

He emphasized the importance of understanding and addressing the concerns of the people before introducing further financial obligations.

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