- President Muhammadu Buhari has backed the suspension of the planned electricity tariff price hike by distribution companies in the country
- The National Assembly leadership on Tuesday, June 30, held a meeting with Buhari over the issue
- Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila said the president is opposed to a tariff hike at the moment
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President Muhammadu Buhari has backed the suspension of the planned electricity tariff price hike by distribution companies in the country.
The new price regime for electricity consumers was supposed to commence from Wednesday, July 1, but National Assembly intervened in the matter on Monday and had suggested that the plan be kept on hold for the time being.
Senate president, Ahmad Lawan and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, held separate meetings with President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), in the State House on Tuesday, June 30, on the matter.
The speaker disclosed after the meeting that Both Buhari and Osinbajo supported the suspension of the electricity tariff hike due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the people.
“We have all agreed to suspend this for a while, tarry a while and get the buy-in of the people, explain to the people why this has to be done, that it is for the betterment for the electricity to get stable," he said.
In another news report, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has insisted that the estimated billing system in the power sector remains unacceptable.
According to the speaker, the Nigerian government must explore every mean possible to address the issue.
The Nation reports that he said this on Tuesday, June 9, in Abuja, while inaugurating the House Ad hoc Committee on Power Sector Reforms.
Legit.ng gathered that the committee is chaired by house leader, Alhassan Doguwa.
Gbajabiamila the ad-hoc committee was set up as a result of the house's commitment to ensuring a comprehensive review of all legislation concerning the power sector.
He lamented that Nigeria has not gotten the power sector right in spite of the best efforts put so far “Our nation has long struggled with the problem of fixing the power sector in Nigeria and getting it to work in the optimal interest of all our people.
“We have not succeeded, in spite of the best efforts of many," he said. Gbajabiamila charged the committee to work hard to ensure they it succeeds in the crucial assignment.
Meanwhile, Africa Facts Zone has again posted another list rating Africa nations. This time around, they compiled the top 10 African countries with good electricity access. On the list, Mauritius, and Tunisia ranked first and second with a 100% electricity supply.
Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, and Seychelles ranked 99.8%, 99.1%, and 99% respectively.
No country on the list has below 80% electricity access as South Africa and Ghana, nations on ninth and 10th positions, have 84.3% and 84.2% power access rates.
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