No increase in electricity tariff for poor Nigerians, says NERC

No increase in electricity tariff for poor Nigerians, says NERC

- Poor and vulnerable Nigerians have been assured they would not experience any undue increase in electricity tariff

- The assurance was given by the chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, James Momoh

- Momoh said electricity distribution companies can only increase prices only after customers have been consulted and metered

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says it is committed to ensuring that “poor and vulnerable” Nigerians do not experience any undue increase in electricity tariff.

The commission's chairman, James Momoh, made this known in a statement released on Wednesday, August 26, Channels TV reports.

Momoh said electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) can only increase prices only after customers have been consulted and metered.

No increase in electricity tariff for poor Nigerians, says NERC
No increase in electricity tariff for poor Nigerians, says NERC. Photo source: ThisDay
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He said the DISCOs must also commit to increasing the number of hours of electricity supply per day.

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The NERC boss said: “This means that unmetered customers will not experience any cost increase beyond what is chargeable to metered customers in the same area.

"Even under the above conditions, there will be no change in tariffs for the most vulnerable as tariffs for those consuming 50KW or less remain frozen.

"Customers receiving less than 12 hours of supply will also not experience any change in tariffs.”

Also, in a drastic effort to put an end to the vexatious and arbitrary estimated billing, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally directed the commencement of a nationwide mass-metering programme.

This was also disclosed in a statement by the NERC chairman, Momoh.

According to him, Buhari's directive was in response to the yearnings of Nigerians. Going further, he disclosed that Buhari also approved a waiver of the import levy on meters.

This, he said, will aid the smoot process of supplying the meters with minimal issues and at reasonable costs.

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In other news, a young Nigerian has built a soakaway to generate cooking gas and electricity. The information about his creation and the pictures were shared by a Twitter handle, @yunusxonline.

Local media reports indicate he is Okwudor in Njaba local government area of Imo state.

In one of the pictures, he could be seen building the soakaway like the one used for toilets, other pictures showed how he worked a pipe transferring the said gas into an industrial burner.

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