Elec­tric­ity: Dis­cos to ap­peal judg­ment re­vers­ing tar­iff hike

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Dis­trib­u­tors (ANED) yes­ter­day said it will ap­peal against the judg­ment of the Fed­eral High Court, sit­ting in Lagos, which an­nulled the 45 per cent elec­tric­ity tar­iff hike.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Ad­vo­cacy of ANED, Bar­ris­ter Sun­day Odun­tan told our re­porter in Abuja that the Dis­cos are study­ing the judge­ment and will make ap­peal to the Court of Ap­peal and also file ap­pli­ca­tion for stay of ex­e­cu­tion on the judg­ment.

ANED rep­re­sents the 11 Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pa­nies (Dis­cos) op­er­at­ing in Nige­ria.

The Daily Trust re­ports that Jus­tice Mo­hammed Idris of the Fed­eral High Court in his judge­ment on Wed­nes­day chal­lenged the in­cre­ment in elec­tric­ity tar­iff, an­nulled the tar­iff in­crease re­cently an­nounced by the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC).

The judge de­scribed NERC’s ac­tion as ul­tra vires, ir­ra­tional, ir­reg­u­lar and il­le­gal.

Odun­tan said the as­so­ci­a­tion could pur­sue the case up to the Supreme Court to get jus­tice.

The elec­tric­ity reg­u­la­tor in De­cem­ber 2015 an­nounced the new elec­tric­ity tar­iff for con­sumers which was sus­pended till Fe­bru­ary 1, 2016.

The NERC di­rec­tive also abol­ished the con­tentious fixed charges for all elec­tric­ity con­sumers na­tion­wide.

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