House of Representative yesterday urged the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to without delay stop distribution companies (Discos) from further action towards in the upward review of electricity tariff;
This is as the House summoned NERC and it’s Discos to appear before it and brief the House on the issue to ensure that Nigerians are not short changed.
The resolve which emanated from a motion sponsored by Hon. Solomon Maren entitled “Arresting the Impending Unrealistic Upward Review of Electricity Tariff By Distribution Companies” noted that power generation and distribution in the country is in a state of comatos leading to the closing
down of industries which has not only led to unemployment but has hampered on the development of small medium enterprises (SMEs) He explained that though the House had resolved against the further collection of flat rates which was termed illegal and not in tandem with best practices, the Discos have begun devising other means of collecting monies from Nigerians.
“In many parts of the world electricity tariffs are reducing due to fallen oil prices as much of electricity is generated by gas which is a component of crude.
“If not checked, these unwholesome practices will continue to the
detriment of the Nigerian masses which will also slow down the development ofSMEs which spur industrial development.
“These Discos took over the distribution of electricity from PHCN close to two years now, what have they added to the sector since they took over that warrants increase in tariff? Maren queried.
The motion was which was unanimously adopted by the House and presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Suliemon Yusuff also mandated NERC and discos to immediately begin the provision of prepaid meters to every electricity consumer nationwide.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja