Tuesday 24th October, 2017
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NLC to Senate: Probe NERC, Amadi over tariff saga

NLC to Senate: Probe NERC, Amadi over tariff saga

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.”

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