NERC Delays Halt of Electricity Tariff Hike

DisCos wait for Directive

MORE than 48 hours  after the Federal Government directed that electricity tariffs be reverted to the old rates, Distribution Companies (DisCos) have not complied.

Their reason is that a directive  to that effect had not been received from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission  (NERC).

But the NERC said it was working on how to get the DisCos to comply.

“We are just typing the memo to inform the DisCos to stop the new tariffs and revert to the former one. The statement will soon be out,” NERC, chairman James Momoh told The Nation in Abuja yesterday.

Momoh explained that the regulator could not issue the directive immediately the Federal Government  reached the agreement on the matter  with the labour leadership  because  the meeting held on a Sunday.

Since the announcement of the new power rates which came into effect September 1, consumers and  stakeholders have been chiding the government and  the DisCos over the development.

Labour unions  had  threatened to commence  strike on Monday  over the increment before they reached a truce with the Federal Government for a two-week suspension of the new rates.

Our correspondents in Abuja, Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Edo, Enugu, Plateau  and Adamawa states  reported that  consumers on pre-paid meters  have been paying the new rate since September 1..

Those on post-paid meters may however enjoy the two-week relief as they will  pay their September  bills in  October.

While some of the electricity distributors said they were awaiting the NERC directive, some simply kept mute.

At the  Abuja Electricity Distribution Company  (AEDC ) vending outlets in   Byazhin Across,  Kubwa, N1,000 could buy only    20.4 units of power   instead of  the  38.3 units of the 2015 rate.

One of the vendors   said the  “AEDC has not reverted to the former tariff.”




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