Labour unions picket Port-Harcourt DisCo


By Okafor Ofiebor/Port-Harcourt

The organised labour comprising members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Rivers State on Monday staged a  protest at the headquarters of the Port-Harcourt Distribution Electricity Company.

The protest was in compliance with organised labour leadership’s directive over the recent hike in electricity tariff. The leadership of NLC and TUC were on ground at the different venues of the protest to ensure compliance.

The unions asked that the Federal Government to rescind its decision over electricity tariff hike and other policies that have not served Nigerians well.

Chanting solidarity songs, the labour Union members sealed the PHED premises on Monday morning preventing staff of the DisCo from accessing their offices.

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NLC Chairman in Rivers State, Alex Agwanwor, told journalists that the recent hike is discriminatory and will further impoverish Nigerians.

Though the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Company  had reviewed the tariff, the labour unions said they were picketing the agency’s office as well as the premises of distribution companies after a Sunday reversal deadline failed.

Our Correspondent reports however, that despite the picketing of PHED headquarters, residents of Port Harcourt still had power supplied to their homes and businesses.


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