Governor slams AEDC as NERC stops electricity tariff hikes for 14 days

*I say to AEDC that electricity consumers are not refusing to pay, but they cannot pay for what they did not consume ─Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In line with the agreement the Federal Government and Organised Labour following the latter’s shelved planned strike earlier slated to begin Monday, September 28, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has directed the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to suspend the September 1, 2020, tariff increases for 14 days.

NERC’s suspension directive of the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2020 to the DisCos is contained in a statement on its Web site, which Prof James Momoh, Chairman of the Commission, endorsed and released Wednesday, September 30.

ConsumerConnect reports that the latest move is a follow up to the earlier joint communiqué issued by the Federal Government and Labour unions early Monday.

Recall that the Federal Government had agreed that the recent review in electricity tariffs would be suspended by the Commission for 14 days in order to allow for further consultations and finalisation of negotiations between the parties in regard to the controversial hikes in fuel price and electricity tariffs.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State

According to the Commission, from September 28 to October 11, the DisCos must revert all charges to the tariffs existing as of August 31.

NERC said: “This means that for the next two weeks, electricity consumers having power above 12 hours who were affected by the over 100 per cent tariff hike would revert to their old charges.

As empowered by Section 33 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, EPSRA 2005, Engr. Sale Mamman, Honourable Minister for Power, can issue such a directive to the Commission, NERC said.

Meanwhile, on poor electricity supply to communities in his state, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has blamed the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for the problem consumers are facing in the state.

The governor disclosed that despite support from the government, which included granting the company loan, the DisCo has failed to provide meters to consumers, and instead, continues to issue estimated bills to electricity consumers.

Bello stated: “The AEDC says people are refusing to pay for electricity consumed, but I say they are not refusing to pay because they cannot pay for what they did not consume,” he said.

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