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Organized Labour Occupies BEDC Headquarters Over Tariff Hike

The headquarters of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, Plc, has become the focal point of a labor dispute as organized labour stages a sit-in protest against soaring electricity tariffs.

Led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), members of organized labor took control of the distribution company’s head office on May 13th. Their demand: a rollback of electricity tariffs to previous rates.

Speaking to reporters outside the office’s entrance, Comrade Odion Olaye, the Edo State NLC chairman, outlined their stance. Labour members mobilized as early as 6:00 am to enforce the shutdown, acting on directives from the national labour body.

Olaye stressed that the NLC’s primary demand is for the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the DisCos to revert tariffs to 65 per kilowatt-hour. He affirmed that the occupation will continue until this demand is met.

Furthermore, Olaye disclosed a directive from the national body to shut down the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), underscoring labour’s firm stance on the issue.

Also in a corrolating stance, the BEDC office in Asaba was similarly shutdown by NLC and TUC Delta State Councils, led by the Delta State Chairman of TUC, Comrade Bolum Martin Nwachukwu JP.

The occupation of the BEDC headquarters underscores the mounting tension between labor and regulatory authorities over the affordability of electricity, signaling a pivotal moment in the ongoing debate surrounding energy pricing and consumer rights.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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