…Say increment illegal
By Philip Nyam
The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the planned increment in electricity tariff until all customers acquires prepaid metres.
The lower chamber also rejected the presidential directive to the ministry of power transferring the supervision of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Transmission (NBET) to the ministry of finance and claims by NERC that 50% of Nigerians had prepaid metres.
Chairman of the Committee on Power, Hon. Da’u Magaji Aliyu (APC, Jigawa), gave the order on behalf of the House at a public hearing with stakeholders in the power sector at the National Assembly.
Addressing stakeholders at the interactive hearing, Aliyu, queried the NERC and Distribution Companies (DISCOs) over the plan to increase electricity tariff. He lamented that adequate consultation were not made before the decision was arrived at.
The lawmaker warned that the power sector operators and regulatory agencies would not be allowed to charge Nigerians different tariffs for electricity usage based on locations, saying the new electricity tariff regime was alien to the nation.