NERC, Dis­cos deny plan to hike elec­tric­ity tar­iff

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) and some elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies yes­ter­day denied any planned in­crease in the elec­tric­ity tar­iff.

A state­ment by NERC spokesman, Michael Faloseyi, said the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply In­dus­try (NESI) was not con­tem­plat­ing any tar­iff in­crease as none of the in­dus­try oper­a­tors was press­ing for in­crease.

It said most of the elec­tric­ity in­dus­try oper­a­tors were rather pre-oc­cu­pied with the chal­lenges of im­prove­ment in ser­vice delivery im­posed on them by the ex­ist­ing tar­iff regime. “The com­mis­sion as well as the in­dus­try is re­spon­si­ble enough to ap­pre­ci­ate the state of the econ­omy, level of power gen­er­a­tion, how Nige­ri­ans are cop­ing and would there­fore not make any de­ci­sion that could fur­ther ag­gra­vate the chal­lenges faced by the power sec­tor and the econ­omy,” the state­ment said.

One of the 11 Dis­cos, the Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) also said yes­ter­day that it was not push­ing for any in­crease in tar­iff.

Re­act­ing to a Daily Trust re­port, the com­pany said: “We wish to state un­equiv­o­cally that AEDC did not write to NERC to de­mand for fur­ther re­view of elec­tric­ity tar­iff since af­ter the com­mis­sion ap­proved the re­cent in­crease.”

A state­ment by its Di­rec­tor, Reg­u­la­tory & Stake­hold­ers Re­la­tions, Engr. Abim­bola Odu­biyi, ad­vised cus­tomers to dis­re­gard such state­ment and re­as­sured them of the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­cent NERC-ap­proved tar­iff.

Sim­i­larly, the Kaduna Elec­tric said: “We are not aware of any move by Dis­cos in the coun­try to in­crease elec­tric­ity tar­iff and we are not sig­na­tory to any let­ter pur­port­edly writ­ten to NERC in that re­gard.”

A state­ment by its Head, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Ab­du­lazeez Ab­dul­lahi urged its cus­tomers to dis­re­gard the claim as it was work­ing on ad­e­quate sup­ply of elec­tric­ity.

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