A farmers’ association in the Northern state threatened to close all roads leading there if the decision to reverse the electricity tariff increase for agricultural projects was not implemented in coordination with the Nile River State.
Khartoum: AlTaghyeer: Sarah Taj al-Sir
A member of the Sovereignty Council, Abu al-Qasim Bartam, told AlTaghyeer that the delay in canceling the new increase in electricity tariffs was due to political, not technical, reasons.
Meanwhile, the Northern State Farmers’ Association announced that the Electricity Company had informed them that the decision to cancel the electricity price increases was scheduled to be implemented Sunday noon.
On January 1st, Sudanese citizens were surprised by a significant, unexplained increase in electricity prices coming from the government, which had announced earlier that the new budget did not include lifting subsidies on electricity and flour.
The assembly indicated in a statement on Saturday, which AlTaghyeer was briefed by, that the northern artery linking Khartoum and Halfa had been opened, after they received a letter from the Sovereign Council retracting the application of the tariff, and that accordingly, a communication was made with the Electricity Company.
The statement indicated that the assembly will follow up closely with the company, while leaving the door open to all possibilities.
The assembly repudiated any calls to close the artery of the North under political claims, and emphasized that its only issue was the electricity tariff, far from any other demands, before the assembly refused to adopt any political party for its demands in fear of it “exploiting its platform.”
For his part, a member of the Sovereign Council, Abul Qasim Bartam, considered that the appointment of political quotas and the empowerment of fragile political parties defeated the civil service in Sudan, assessing that the criterion had become “political par excellence.”
Bartam stressed that the electricity and energy sector, especially the companies, needs radical treatment and “real purification” in favor of the Sudanese citizen, away from the agendas of parties that are disrupting the interests of the citizen.