Security of consumers our priority, not power tariff increase, say DisCos

*Say security most important thing at the moment

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
As regards the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria as of now, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) says the priority of the Distribution Companies (DisCos) at the moment is the safety of their employees, consumers, and not tariff increment.

Agency report says that Mr. Sunday Oduntan, Executive Director, Research and Documentation of ANED, in a telephone interview in Lagos, stated this in reaction to the suspension of the proposed hike in electricity tariffs in the country.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Tuesday, March 31 had ordered the 11 DisCos to suspend the tariffs increment, which originally, was supposed to take effect April 1, 2020.

Mr. Oduntan said: “As far as the DisCos are concerned, we are all aware of the national emergency situation, and we are just concerned now with the safety of our workers, safety of our customers and safety of the nation.

“That is more important than any other thing at the moment.”

NERC was reported to have conducted public hearings on the DisCos’ proposal to increase their tariffs from February 25 to March 9 across the country.

Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), one of the DisCos, was said to have proposed a tariff increase that would raise the average tariff from the current level of N28.25 per kilowatt to N42.41 per kilowatt.

Similarly, Ikeja Electric (IKEDC) had proposed 50 percent increment that would raise the average tariff from the current level of N27.30 per kilowatt to N40.95 per kilowatt.

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