As the nation awaits the reversal order by the Senate on the 45 per cent increase on electricity tariff by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the upper legislative chamber to investigate the involvement of the former Chairman of the NERC, Dr Sam Amadi and the commission in the said hike.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, had in a statement he issued to journalists in Abuja yesterday, credited to the immediate past Chairman of NERC, Dr Amadi on the directive of the Senate to NERC to rescind its decision on the increase, said it was treacherous, shameful and saddening.
According to Wabba, Amadi had, among other things, said the directive of the Senate is ‘illegal, unconstitutional and a direct encroachment on the executive independence’ and that NERC as presently constituted cannot suspend or rescind the decision by the previous NERC.
He said, “Dr Amadi is being economical with the truth and his legal knowledge. The duties of the legislature as defined by the Constitution includes legislation, oversight and investigation. Beside this, elementary knowledge of the Social Sciences tells us that independence of the three arms of government in a liberal democracy is a coordinate one. Even if it were absolute, such independence cannot be in pursuance of criminality, fraud or injustice.
“Second, we find it disgusting that Dr Amadi could only remember the independence of the executive and not that of the judiciary which gave an earlier order and still subsisting that no increment be made until the determination of the substantive case. “Following from the breach of this order, a contempt proceeding against NERC is on in court but Amadi will have none of this.”