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Monday, 8 February 2016

Fashola urges Nigerians to accept painful electricty hike......says there is more to come

Nigeria's  Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said the present increase in electricity tariff is a bitter pill Nigerians have to swallow. According to him, this is not going to be the only decision that would be taken as there are other policies that would be implemented.

“Importantly, I understand that people who have been disappointed over a long time will feel a sense of concern that again tariffs have gone up. But the truth is that these tariffs ought to have been there from day one. I don’t know why the government of yesterday was not courageous enough to tell us this was the price.

“It is a painful pill that I must appeal that we swallow. It is like quinine and malaria. It’s painful; it’s not sweet, I know that, but I do it because we are not left with many choices. This is the first major decision in power that this administration has taken. There are other problems.

“I can only appeal for some understanding and some trust that we do this in the best interest of our country. It is a hard decision, but I think down the line, we will have cause to look…”

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