THE House of Representatives has ordered the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to put on hold its plan to increase electricity tariff until the conclusion of the House’s investigation into operations of key players in the sector.
Its ad-hoc committee investigating the activities of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in Nigeria on infrastructure and billing in a letter dated December 15th and addressed to NERC reminding the Commission of previous communications through which it was agreed that further actions on the planned increase of electricity tariff be suspended.
The letter signed by Chairman of the committee, Hon. Babajimi Benson reads; “In paragraph 3 (three) of our letter dated 29th October, 2015 under the same subject heading, we requested you to suspend the implementation of any increase in electricity tariff until the committee concludes its investigations.”
“Further recall that at the joint investigative hearing with the Committee on Power, it was agreed that any tariff increase should be suspended until all stakeholders are carried along.
“Our attention has been drawn to various news items published in many newspapers of yesterday (Tuesday) 13 December, 2015 to the effect that your commission has concluded plans to announce the new electricity tariff to Nigerians this week. “It is our opinion that any plan by your commission to announce new electricity tariff will run contrary to the spirit of the letter under reference and undermines the outcome of the investigative hearing by this Committee as it relates to infrastructure and billing by Electricity Distribution Companies.” Read more