Court nul­li­fies 45% elec­tric­ity tar­iff hike

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Mo­hammed Shosanya (Lagos) & Mustapha Suleiman

AFed­eral sit­ting in yes­ter­day High Court Ikoyi, Lagos

de­clared that the 45 per cent tar­iff in­crease made by the Nige­ria Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) was il­le­gal and should be re­versed im­me­di­ately.

The court held that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 45 per cent in­crease con­sti­tuted a vi­o­la­tion of its in­terim or­der and awarded N50,000 costs against the Com­mis­sion.

Re­call also that a sub­sist­ing court or­der of May 28, 2015, is­sued by Jus­tice Mo­hammed Idris of the Fed­eral High Court, Ikoyi in the case of Toluwani Yemi-Ade­biyi ver­sus NERC & Oth­ers ruled that there should be no in­cre­ment un­til the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the sub­stan­tive suit.

Mean­while, the Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) in a state­ment lauded the ju­di­ciary for re­vers­ing the 45 per cent elec­tric­ity tar­iff rise say­ing, the judge­ment was coura­geous.

‘’We at the Nige­ria Labour Congress wish to state that this is a coura­geous and ju­di­cial judge­ment de­serv­ing of com­men­da­tion,” pres­i­dent of the union, Com­rade Ayuba Wabba said in a state­ment.

Com­rade Wabba said that the ver­dict was a vic­tory for the or­di­nary Nige­rian crushed by ex­ploita­tive bills.

“We urge NERC and elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies (Dis­cos) to obey the judge­ment and re­vert to the old rates with­out fur­ther de­lay. We de­mand that the NERC and DIS­COs ob­serve all the con­di­tions prece­dent as con­tained in the sales agree­ment be­fore any in­crease is made,” Wabba said.

He re­called that joint stake­hold­ers on in­cre­ment on elec­tric­ity tar­iff led by the union is­sued a com­mu­niqué is­sued in Jan­uary say­ing due process was not fol­lowed be­fore the in­crease in line with Sec­tion 76 of the Elec­tric Power Sec­tor Re­form Act (EPSRA), 2005.

The stake­hold­ers Wabba said noted that there was no sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in ser­vice de­liv­ery while many con­sumers were not me­tered de­spite the pact the Dis­cos had with gov­ern­ment after tak­ing over in Novem­ber 2013 agree­ing to me­ter all cus­tomers after 18 months.

822 since over 200 Chi­bok school­girls DAYS were taken by Boko Haram

Credit: In­ter­net

Mem­bers of or­gan­ised labour protest hiked elec­trcity tar­iff in Abuja, Fe­bru­ary 2016. ARIK AIR

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