Eko Disco frees customers of electricity fixed charge …as NECAN flays planned tariff rise, scolds Abuja Disco
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) will free its customers from paying the fixed charge (FC) component of the tariff by January 2016 in the 10Year Tariff Plan submitted to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Monday.
The Daily Trust had once reported that EKEDC planned to convert the FC to payment at kilowatt per hour (kwh) where customers can only pay, alongside the energy charge (EC), as they consume power
NERC officials, at a public consultation on the tariff submissions by the 11 Discos in Abuja yesterday, however, clarified Eko has abolished its FC completely.
At the consultation, the National Electricity Consumers Advocacy Network (NECAN) rejected any planned increase in tariff, even as it scolded the Discos for not metering consumers and having low network investments.
NECAN’s Assistant National Secretary, Mr Obong Eko declared, “There is an outcry from Nigerians that any increase in electricity tariff will amount to very serious consequences to the economy.”
The network accused Abuja Disco of allowing heavy collection losses, while seeking for increased tariff. “We noticed that privatization will lead to efficiency but we are here in Abuja and we conducted a survey where we discovered that Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) is not doing enough.
“Because of inefficiency in the Disco, they have NEPA II engaged to work even when they are not on their payroll and these people invade communities in the Disco to collect monies,” NECAN said.
The NERC Chairman Dr. Sam Amadi, assured that the Commission would look into NECAN’s survey as it is evidencebased. Dr Amadi maintained that the consultation does not amount to approving any tariff yet. “The Discos can only continue to collect these tariffs if their performance is also compliant with their business plans,” he maintained.
Amadi reminded the Discos of strong sanctions for violating their operating terms, saying, “We will include enforceable Service Level Agreement (SLA) for every Disco. If a Disco fails to meet its SLA, then it loses the right to such a tariff.”