Reps Direct NERC to Suspend Increase  in Electricity Tariff


The House of Representatives Committee on Power has asked the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the recently announced increase in electricity tariff.

NERC had directed the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to enforce an upward review of the tariff starting from April 1.

But Committee Chairman, Aliyu Magaji, at its meeting, asked NERC to direct DisCos to suspend the review until further consultations.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had on last week called for the suspension of the proposed hike in electricity tariff, saying the increment should not be allowed until estimated billing is criminalised.

The speaker expressed worry over the ability of power distribution companies to provide uninterrupted power supply after tariff hike, adding that there is no guarantee the Discos will not continue with the nefarious practice of bills estimation.

Gbajabiamila then urged the National Assembly to ensure that the proposed new electricity tariff, when eventually implemented, was cost-reflective.