Rant Here Hike in electricity tariff
Someone once said that if a person lives in Nigeria long enough, the person might actually become scared when good things start happening around. So, it’s no wonder eyebrows stayed up when power distribution companies increased electricity tariff without a corresponding improvement in power distribution.
That’s why the recent electricity tariff hike is the most useless thing these discos have done in recent times. There is nothing as infuriating as having to pay for mediocrity. Take a look at South Africa. The country currently generates more than 51,000 megawatts of electricity for less than 70 million people. Meanwhile, we’re still struggling to generate 10,000MW for over 160 million people.
When I woke up this morning, I looked under my bed, in the cupboard, bathroom and other places to see if I would find the power we’re supposed to be paying for.
This imposed hike is particularly painful because it’s coming at a time when discos are yet to get something as basic as providing prepaid metres for homes, right. Most households currently pay for more electricity than they consume, with the ‘estimate’ style of billing.
Whichever way one looks at this issue, there is no justification, whatsoever, for the hike. The 11 discos in the country should halt this madness and do the right thing. They should provide prepaid metres and upgrade their infrastructure. If they do that, they can then come with a tariff hike. Maybe then, we would listen.