Tariff hike: Group threatens to sue NERC, EEDC
Agroup, Igbo Bu Igbo Sociocultural Foundation, has threatened to sue the Nigerian electricity Regulatory Commission and the enugu electricity Distribution Company Plc over the proposed electricity tariff hike.
NERC had disclosed last weekend that electricity tariffs would be increased in April.
The group, in a statement signed by the Chancellor, Dr Law Mefor, and Secretary General, Chidi Omeje, described the tariff increase as arbitrary, insensitive, outrageous and illegal.
The organisation also described the privatisation of the power sector in 2013 as fraud and a sham.
It said, “The new electricity tariff for the South-east is again the highest in the country despite the relative small land mass of the zone, few industries and near-absence of the Federal Government, compared to areas like the South-west that is hosting most industries in the country, yet paying far less.
“All factors and indices considered, the electricity tariff for the South east is arbitrarily fixed. The figures, compared to other zones, are not only insensitive and illogical but also provocative and criminal.”
The group said Federal Government the had bailed out the power sector at least twice “without the so-called investors making any meaningful financial investments in the sector.”
It said, “To balance their sheets and smile to the bank, they transfer their whole burden to the already over-taxed Nigerians who are forced to purchase their own transformers and other materials needed for power.
“Fixed charges are collected from Nigerians even for periods they receive no electricity supply with government doing nothing about it. We are equally aware that distribution companies often deliberately refuse to pick up stranded electricity generated since they have access to free money from stranded Nigerians.”
“NERC should note that it has grossly disappointed Nigerians for failing to provide governance, supervision, enforcement and protection of citizens from the criminal excesses of generation companies and Discos.”
According to the group, power supply has not improved meaningfully six years after the privatisation of the sector.
It said, “Igbo Bu Igbo will not hesitate to drag NERC and eedc to court if the outrageous new tariff, especially for the South-east, is not rescinded.”