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Electricity Consumers in Lagos frown at New NERC’s directive on Tariffs

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Electricity consumers in Lagos on Monday frowned at the new directive by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) that Distribution Companies should fix electricity tariff after consulting with consumers.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the NERC directive was unreasonable.

NAN reports that NERC had on April 8 directed DISCOs to fix electricity tariffs, in consultation with consumers, subject to ratification by the regulator.

Abdul-Rasak Osho, the Chairman, Iponri Housing Estate Association said that this would put consumers at the mercy of the DISCOs.

“This directive will make consumers at the mercy of the electricity companies.

“These people are businessmen and since they have taken over, there will be no improvement at all.”

“If they are now giving them power to fix tariffs on their own, they will start to charge consumers heavily,” he said.

Ade-Owas Owabumuwa, President, Amuwo-Odofun Landlords Association, New Town, said that the NERC was delegating its function of regulation to power firms, adding that it would affect the consumers.

“If the power to fix the tariffs is given to the businessmen, they will make life uncomfortable by charging more than what we use.”

“We are imploring the NERC to reconsider this decision because it is not in the best interest of the consumers,” he said.

Yusuf Raji, the Secretary of Alaba-Oro Landlord Association, said that the new directive would add more burden to the consumers, adding that consumers were currently paying for what they did not use.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. EllesarisEllendil

    April 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Please am I the only person that has had less than 40 hours of light during this election period???

    Please Bros. J give us light, thought no victor, no vanquished?

  2. NagosBigBoi

    April 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    NERC seems to be living in a different world. The electricity is mostly generated by the FGN (~70%) and transmitted by FGN (100%). So why would we allow DISCOs to set the tariff? The tarrif should be determined by NERC (generation and transmission) and should factor a distribution cost for the various DISCOs.

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