Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
Following the success of sensitization campaigns by the in 2012 toward the implementation of the earlier the National Orientation Agency (NOA) is set to embark on another nationwide campaign on Electricity Tarrif , to educate Nigerians on the requirements and benefits of the new Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO).
The Agency’s Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri disclosed this when the Acting Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Anthony Akah paid him a courtesy visit.
Omeri said Nigerians want sustained power supply but need to be properly sensitized on the provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act which aims at delivering that aspiration to them. He noted that, if fully implemented, the Act will enable even indigent Nigerians access to power supply and improve their general quality of life.
He therefore said the two organizations will immediately develop messaging in both English and local languages to sensitize Nigerians on the new MYTO which takes effect on February 1, 2016.
Earlier, the NERC Acting Chairman observed that the Nigerian power sector reforms must provide an appropriate pricing template which has been lacking, leading to a deficiency in revenues from power. This, he said, necessitates the new MYTO which will enable generating, transmission and distribution companies provide needed infrastructure for higher generation and supply of electricity to meet the electricity needs of Nigerians.
Akah said under the new MYTO, all premises must be metered and consumers who subscribe to specific metering models must be supplied meters within 60 days after which they will not be disconnected or charged on estimation if a meter is not supplied.
He also disclosed that a Power Consumer Assistance Fund has been put in place to cater for the electricity needs of the less privileged in the country, adding that the visit was part of the establishment of a coordinated approach to creating public awareness ahead of the February 1, 2016 new MYTO implementation date.