- The House of Representatives tells NERC to halt any planned increase in electricity tariff
- The House committee on power issued the directive following its meeting in Abuja
- The lawmakers ask NERC to issue a directive suspending the upward review pending proper consultations on the matter
The House of Representative on Tuesday, January 14, asked the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend any planned increase in electricity tariff.
The demand was made by the House of Representatives committee on power at its meeting in Abuja The Cable reports.
Aliyu Magaji, the committee chairman, asked NERC to issue a directive suspending the upward review pending proper consultations on the matter.
Meanwhile, stakeholders in the electricity industry have been asked to maintain current prices pending the determination of a motion challenging the proposed tariff hike.
This Day reported that the order was given on Tuesday, January 7, by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Legit.ng gathered that Justice Muslim Hassan fixed the January 20, to hear the motion.
According to the report, the judge made the order in a suit by the incorporated trustees of human rights foundation against 15 respondents in the electricity industry.
In another report 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.
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