Thursday, October 22, 2020

‘Declare electricity tariff, fuel price hike illegal’

 Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 302 Nigerians have sued President Muhammadu Buhari and National Assembly on the hike in electricity tariff and the pump price of fuel.


SERAP and other applicants are asking the court to “declare as illegal, unconstitutional and unfair the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price because top level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries and allowances and spend public money to finance a life of luxury for themselves while asking poor Nigerians to make sacrifices”.

Joined in the suit are: Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); Senate President Ahmad Lawan; House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila; and Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

SERAP is seeking a declaration that the exercise of President Buhari’s power to increase price of petrol under Section 6 of the Petroleum Act 1969 and increase of electricity tariff is arbitrary, unjust, unfair, and in breach of his oath of office in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The suit, filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, reads: “Public duty means showing leadership by example and commitment to the ideals of public service, including by reducing salaries and allowances of high-ranking public officers like the Defendants.

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