Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) yesterday reiterate that the take off date of the new electricity tariff (MYTO 2015) still remains February 1, 2016.
As a result, the Commission has informed distribution companies to abide by NERC’s earlier directive not to connect new customers without first providing them meters.
“We wish to state that at no time did the Commission change the date of the take off of the new tariff,” an official emailed statement read.
The Acting Head of the Commission, Dr. Anthony Akah, explained the removal of fixed charge under the new tariff regime.
“(It) was in response to electricity consumers’ complaints and a measure to ensure electricity distribution companies improve on service delivery as their income is dependent on the quantity of electricity used by their customers,” he said.
Akah added that the Commission will continue to engage stakeholders, including members of the National Assembly to address their concerns on the new tariff regime.
“NERC holds National Assembly in high esteem, and we are sure that both institutions are working to ensure that the national and consumer interests are protected,” he said.
He explained that there are inbuilt consumer protection mechanisms and incentives for improved service delivery by the discos and fair return on investment in the new Tariff Order.
“The Commission, in implementing this cost reflective tariff, will effectively monitor and enforce all service delivery agreements in the new tariff order. The new Tariff Order aside from eliminating fixed charge has a robust mechanism to ensure that electricity distribution companies fully meter their consumers and eliminate ‘crazy’ billing within one year.
“The Commission has the capacity to continue to carry out its mandate until the reconstitution of the commissioners. Consequently, in the interim, an acting head of NERC, in the person of Dr. Anthony Akah, a Certified Regulation Specialist, has been appointed to coordinate the activities of the Commission.
“Prior to his appointment, he was the General Manager, Consumers Affairs, and most senior staff of the Commission. The Commission, as currently staffed, is well positioned to carry out its responsibilities effectively and efficiently, especially as it commences the implementation of the new tariff pending the appointment of a new set of commissioners,” the statement added.
NERC Insists Feb 1 As New Tariff Take-off Date
Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja