Consumers wishing to stop DisCos’ supply to pay huge CTC charges, says NERC

*Manufacturers Association of Nigeria uncomfortable with NERC policy

*REA, AfDB begin new phase of $200million Nigeria Electrification Project for electricity to over 500,000 consumers

*80 million Nigerians yet lack access to sustainable, affordable electricity, says AfDB chief

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Any dissatisfied electricity consumers who wish to quit power supply from the 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) in Nigeria are to pay heavy charges otherwise known as Competition Transition Charge, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said.

The power sector regulator, which slammed the charges in its latest Eligible Customer Regulation, noted that the fees are payable by large power users before they can exit the services of the DisCos.

The Eligible Customer Regulation first enacted in 2017 allows unsatisfied power users to leave the supply of DisCos and connect to power plants directly through the services of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, according to Voice of Nigeria.

It was, however, learnt that the members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), who have now critiqued the payment were uncomfortable with the NERC policy.

Meanwhile, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have proceeded with another phase of the Nigeria Electrification Project worth $200 million to provide electricity to over 500,000 people in the country.

Mr. Goddy Jeddy Agba, Honourable Minister of State for Power, commended the AfDB for the partnership at the launch of the project in Abuja, FCT.

While citing the success story of Rokota Mini Grid in Niger State, executed by REA with World Bank funding last year, Agba said with such an initiative activated across the country, Nigeria could have a lot to show in a short time.

Wale Shonibare, Acting Vice-President, Power Energy, Climate and Green growth Complex at AfDB, said 80 million Nigerians lacked access to sustainable and affordable electricity.

According to Shonibare, the country needs to connect 500,000 to 800,000 households per year to achieve the electricity for all target by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The African development finance institution would be providing the $200 million fund for REA to service four components that will provide solar hybrid power for 250 sites, among others.

Ahmad Salihijo, Managing Director of REA, also disclosed that over the past two years, the agency had intensified the provision of electricity across communities.

REA was capitalising on private sector investments to ensure that the 80 million people have access to power, said the AfDB top official.

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