The Federal Government’s plan to increase the electricity tariff was encouraged to be halted by the Green Party of Nigeria, GPN as the party warned that the increase in electricity tariff might push Nigerians to the wall and revolt against the government as a result of the prevailing hardship in the country.
Speaking in Benin city yesterday, the Chairman of the party in Edo State, Mr Roy Oribhabor, gave the warning that if the increment plan is implemented, it would worsen the suffering in the country. According to him, any further increment would not only lead to increase in the prices of goods and food stuff, but also affect the cost of production which could lead to the shutting down of factories and increase the unemployment rate.
He said: “As a political party, we are seriously worried about the determination of the Federal Government to increase electricity tariff when we are not even enjoying electricity. We are worried because government is no longer sensitive to the situation in the country. It is like the government is closing its eyes to the hardship being faced by the people. Why will a government be so interested in frustrating and impoverishing the people? This policy is anti-people and a practical demonstration of government’s insensitivity to the plight the people. As a party, we must ask at this junction, whose interest is the Federal Government representing? Why is the Federal Government crying more than the bereaved?
“We expect this government to carefully examine the sales policy of the last administration, that heartlessly sold our common patrimony to its cronies in the name of privatization. It is on record that since the sale of PHCN, there has been no meaningful and tangible improvement in the availability of electricity in the country “