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“Very inhumane” — Atiku blasts electricity tariff increase



"Very inhumane" -- Atiku blasts electricity tariff increase

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has raised concerns over the recent increase in electricity tariff, stating that it will exacerbate the difficulties faced by Nigerians.

In a statement posted on his social media platform, Atiku criticized the Federal Government for implementing reforms without proper notice and a post-reform plan to alleviate the resulting hardships.

“The increase in electricity tariff comes at a time when Nigerian citizens are already grappling with excruciating difficulties due to the withdrawal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and the fluctuation of the domestic currency,” Atiku stated.

He further highlighted that the government’s failure to address the challenges associated with previous measures has compounded the situation for citizens, and the latest hike in electricity tariff will only intensify inflationary pressures.

Atiku also expressed concern about the adverse effects on the manufacturing sector, citing increased costs of bank loans, diesel, and wages due to the new minimum wage.

Accusing the government of pushing the economy into a deeper crisis with reforms lacking a human face, Atiku called for a reassessment of the privatization exercise that led to the establishment of Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

Additionally, Atiku outlined steps he believes Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a prominent political figure, should take in response to the electricity tariff hike.

“Tinubu must ensure that these reforms are sequenced, implement measures to mitigate the pain, and hold the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) responsible for ensuring improved service delivery,” Atiku emphasized.

Atiku’s criticism comes amid growing concerns about the economic challenges facing Nigerians, particularly the impact of recent policy changes on their daily lives.