Increase electricity tariff after criminalising wrong billing - Gbajabiamila tells NERC

Increase electricity tariff after criminalising wrong billing - Gbajabiamila tells NERC

- The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has kicked against the proposed electricity tariff hike

- Gbajabiamila said that the increase offers no promise of better services to Nigerians from Distribution Companies (DisCos)

- The speaker said that the proposed hike should come only after the act that criminalising estimated billing is signed into law

Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has rejected the proposed electricity tariff increase recently announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Gbajabiamila said that the tariff hike does not guarantee an end to the usual epileptic power supply or even the estimated billing from Distribution Companies (DisCos) which he describes as 'nefarious practice'.

The speaker said that the National Assembly should ensure that the hike should come with stable power supply and not just an unexplainable increase with no positive practical impact in the sector.

Furthermore, he said that the increase should be only after the act that criminalises estimated billing is made a binding law in the country.

Gbajabiamila said that he will meet with Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, on the legal processes and sequence for the legislation.

Earlier, reported that stakeholders in the electricity industry had been asked to maintain current prices pending the determination of a motion challenging the proposed tariff hike.

The order was given on Tuesday, January 7, by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Justice Muslim Hassan fixed the January 20, to hear the motion.

The judge made the order in a suit by the incorporated trustees of human rights foundation against 15 respondents in the electricity industry.

The respondents in the suit include NERC, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company Plc and the minister of power.

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