Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, has said the Federal Government approved the increase in electricity tariff because it is in the best interest of Nigerians.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Akande admitted that the government understands the outcry of Nigerians but insisted that things will get better with time.
“The people that we are negotiating with in labour, they are Nigerians. We will show them the evidence,” Akande said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“The superior logic is what is going to determine the fate of our nation; the thinking, the transparency; the honesty and the commitment. We are confident Nigerians will understand what we are doing and where we are going.”
While reiterating that everyone has a stake in the country, Akande called on Nigerians to be patient with government.
“It is important for Nigerians to understand the protections Mr President has put in place and take it from there,” the media aide explained
Buttressing measures in place to cushion the impact of the increase in tariff, Akande stated that majority of Nigerians will not be paying more for electricity.
According to him, those who get less than twelve hours of power supply but are paying the new electricity charges should “let us know.”
“The President has also said that there should be mass metering in the country and we are starting with the provision of least five million meters,” he noted
“The President said he has waived the tariff to bring the meters so that everybody gets a meter,” assuring that “the president is on their side.”