SERAP, an acronym that stands for Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has charged President Goodluck Jonathan to, within seven days of its ultimatum “use his leadership and position to urgently instruct the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, to reverse the new electricity tariff as it is manifestly arbitrary, unfair, unjust and discriminatory.”
The message was contained in a letter dated August 2 by SERAP’s Executive Director Adetokunbo Mumuni, and made available to the press.
The statement reads: “We are seriously concerned about the increased electricity tariff by your government under the Multi-Year Tariff Order, MYTO, and consider this increase as anti-people and a flagrant violation of the human rights of the most vulnerable and marginalised sector of the population.
“Our requests are entirely consistent with the country’s international human rights obligations and commitments,” and threatened “international and national legal actions if the government fails and or neglects to reverse the increase within seven days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter.”
“Increasing electricity tariff by over 100 percent at a time power supply has not improved and indeed remains irregular and despite this government’s often-expressed commitment to improve electricity supply, is anti-people.
“The much promised transformation of the power sector by the government has remained unfulfilled, while the majority of the citizens continue to face extreme poverty.
“Rather than arbitrarily increasing electricity tariffs, the government should investigate the spending of about $3.5 billion annually on power in the last 10 years, and bring to justice anyone suspected to be responsible for the stealing or mismanagement of public fund.
The organization, therefore threatened to mobilize mass action against the policy, if the president fails to halt implementation of the said policy within its 7-day ultimatum