Electricity: Discos to appeal judgment reversing tariff hike
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.