We have not ap­proved new elec­tric­ity tar­iff – NERC

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) has dis­missed claims about the new elec­tric­ity tar­iff just say­ing it has not ap­proved any tar­iff for the 11 Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies (Dis­cos) un­til it com­pletes a tech­ni­cal re­view.

In state­ment from the Pub­lic Af­fairs Head, Us­man Arabi week­end, NERC said it is still re­view­ing de­tails of ap­pli­ca­tions for tar­iff re­view re­ceived from elec­tric­ity Dis­cos and the out­come of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions with con­sumers.

It re­called some me­dia spec­u­la­tions on the range of in­crease in elec­tric­ity tar­iff, not­ing that it was early to spec­u­late on that at the tech­ni­cal stage.

NERC Chair­man, Dr. Sam Amadi in the state­ment said, “It is at the end of the on­go­ing re­view ex­er­cise to be con­cluded in a few weeks time that the fig­ures of in­crease or de­crease would be clearer to any­one.

“Most of the news items are in the realm of spec­u­la­tive jour­nal­ism. The fi­nal fig­ure is not clear to any­one as some of the dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies are still pro­vid­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tions sought by the Com­mis­sion’s tech­ni­cal team work­ing on their ap­pli­ca­tions. Some of them are also mak­ing cor­rec­tions to their ap­pli­ca­tions on the ba­sis of those clar­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

On do­ing a thor­ough re­view of the tar­iff ap­pli­ca­tion, Amadi said: “We will not al­low any friv­o­lous claim by the op­er­a­tors to be passed to elec­tric­ity con­sumers as tar­iff. That is a ma­jor rea­son we told them to con­sult with their cus­tomers af­ter they sub­mit­ted their ap­pli­ca­tions to us.”

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