Nigeria lamented over groan as electricity Discos delay tariff hike reversal


Against the backdrop of the suspension by the Federal Government of the recent electricity tariff hike , electricity consumers lamented on Wednesday the delay by the distribution companies in reverting to the old rates .

The Federal Government had, in a meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress held on Sunday night till Monday morning , agreed to suspend the recent tariff hike approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission for two weeks.

The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising ministries , departments and agencies of government , NLC and TUC .

It would work for two weeks , effective September 28, to examine the justifications for the new policy ‘ in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost -reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC; metering deployment , challenges , timeline for massive rollout’ .

NERC disclosed on Tuesday that it had issued an order to the Discos suspending the recent review in tariffs for 14 days , effective September 28 , in line with the Federal Government ’ s agreement with labour unions .

It said during the suspension , all tariffs shall be computed on the rates applicable as of August 31.

But a number of consumers , who commented on NERC’ s announcement of the tariff hike suspension , complained that they still bought electricity at the old tariffs on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A Twitter user , Eleojo Emmanuel , said , “ Hi @IkejaElectric, I bought units at 9 am today (Sept . 30 , 2020 ). I paid N 5, 000 and got 94 . 4 units .

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When do I get the balance of my units per this @NERCNG order ?”

Another Twitter user , Prince Sola Olaniyi , said , “ For a test on the update , I recharged N 500 this morning, but I get hiked tariff .”

A copy of the receipt he posted showed that he got 7 . 46 kilowatts per hour , translating to N 67 per KWh , from Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company .

Another consumer , Oyinkro Omukoro , said he bought electricity units worth N 10, 000 from Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company on Tuesday but got 169 . 80 units as against the over 320 units he would have got if the tariff hike was reversed.

Another Twitter user, with the handle @ vller , in a message to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company , said , “ Hello , AEDC, I bought power this morning 30 / 09 / 20 via @buypowerng but noticed that the unit received was half what I should get considering @ NERCNG had already put a halt in tariff hike as at 29 / 09 / 20 .

“ Kindly give to me the exact unit that I should get based on the previous tariff . ”

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