July 17, 2018

Senate tackles NERC over meter payments

Senate tackles NERC over meter payments

The Senate, on Tuesday, directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to mandate electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) in the country to discontinue the practice of making consumers pay for meters, poles and transformers.

These, which by law, the Senators noted, are properties of the DISCOs, adding that where the consumers purchase those items, they should give notice of the purchase to the DISCOs, and be entitled to recover their expenses from subsequent consumption of electricity.

The upper chamber, also ordered the commission to put an immediate end to the Fixed Charge (FC) of N702.00, being collected from electricity consumers nationwide by the DISCOs.

The motion is coming almost three weeks after the ruling of Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos stopped the plan by NERC to hike electricity tariffs in the country. Read more


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